'My goal is not to gain time, my goal is to win': Julian Alaphilippe resumes his never-ending party at the Tour de France

The Frenchman won with a trademark, daring attack to claim the opening stage and first yellow jersey

Julian Alaphilippe
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The customary summer party hosted by Julian Alaphilippe at the Tour de France got underway without delay, barely time for an hors d'oeuvre before the Frenchman won the opening stage and took the first yellow jersey of the 2021 race, his total number of days spent in yellow now 18.

Although he's three short of equalling the 21 that make up the French Grand Tour,  the Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider once again reiterated he has no interest in trying to keep it on his back until Sunday July 18 when the peloton arrives in Paris for the final stage 21.

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