'Exhausted, happy, proud': Julian Alaphilippe says he gave everything in remarkable Tour de France

The Frenchman led the race for 14 days, but slipped off the podium on the final mountain stage

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) says he is "exhausted, happy and proud" of his Tour de France after dropping down the GC on Saturday's final mountain stage.

The Frenchman dropped from second overall to fifth after cracking on the final climb of stage 20 to Val Thorens, losing three minutes to the GC group containing Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos), Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who all move ahead of him to second, third and fourth respectively behind race leader Egan Bernal (Team Ineos).

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).