Geraint Thomas says Julian Alaphilippe can win the Tour de France following crushing time trial victory

The Welshman said he was overheating during the TT and didn't have the final five per cent needed to win the stage

Geraint Thomas during the stage 13 time trial at the Tour de France 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Geraint Thomas (Ineos) has marked Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick Step) as a 2019 Tour de France favourite after his time trial win on stage 13 in Pau.

The Frenchman not only maintained his overall lead after the 27.2km stage, but extended it. He finished 14 seconds ahead of Thomas in second place and 36 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.