Julian Alaphilippe faces battle between heart and head on mounting another fight for yellow

Alaphilippe says he will 'respect the jersey' but is not here to win the GC after emotional win for his father

Julian Alaphilippe after winning stage two of the Tour de France 2020 (Photo by Stephan Mantey - Pool/Getty Images)

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Julian Alaphilippe is at the Tour de France for stage wins. He's made that clear. But what about when they lead him to the yellow jersey?

The plan last year wasn't to mount a GC challenge either, but the yellow jersey has a funny way of finding itself onto the Frenchman's shoulders more often than not - something which is probably less funny for his rivals.

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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).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.