'I thought it was bike trouble, but it was just legs': Julian Alaphilippe proves mortal once more on Tour de France stage 12

The Frenchman looked to animate proceedings but fell short once again

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Julian Alaphilippe has become so accustomed to breathtaking performances at the Tour de France that when he started struggling in the final of stage 12, he assumed it was because he had suffered a mechanical, and not that he just didn't have the legs on the day.

"I thought I was suffering from bike trouble in the final, but it turned out to be just the legs. I just didn't have the strength to do anything anymore," Alaphilippe says after he tried his best to pull the race back together and take the stage win for himself.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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