Julian Alaphilippe: We gave everything to try to save the yellow jersey

Frenchman insists Deceuninck didn’t make a mistake by giving Ciccone too much leeway

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Going into the stage to La Planche des Belles Filles, Tour de France leader Julian Alaphilippe acknowledged that his hold on the yellow jersey would come under threat, and despite another brave and gutsy performance that saw the Frenchman almost collapse on the line following a heroic effort to keep the jersey, he dropped to second overall, half a dozen seconds behind the surprise figure of Giulio Ciccone.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.