Sunday, 30 August 2020 18:36

 

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Julian Alaphilippe won stage two of the Tour de France in a sprint finish to claim the yellow jersey in Nice.

The Frenchman held off Marc Hirschi to edge home by half a wheel after leaving Britain's Adam Yates behind in a final dart for the line.

He leads Yates, who finished third, by four seconds in the overall standings.

It was a fifth stage victory at the Tour for the 28-year-old, as the riders faced a 186km mountainous second stage, with two climbs above 1,500m.

Speaking with Eurosport and GCN after his stage win, an understandably emotional Julian Alaphilippe revealed that his father died in June and this win today was for him.

"It’s big emotion because I’ve won on the Tour. I haven’t won since the start of the season of course. I’ve been working really hard and even when it’s been tough because of Covid-19. I want to dedicate this to my father who passed away last June.

"I spoke to the team about what we should do. I got to the last climb and gave it my all on that climb. I had nothing to lose really at that stage but having Adam Yates come up and [Marc] Hirschi as well, it certainly made me nervous. They collaborated well but we were up into a headwind too.

"It’s great to make it. It was tough but I’m super happy to have won."

Source:News Agencies.