Julian Alaphilippe smashes Tour de France stage 13 time trial to take victory and extend overall lead

Geraint Thomas finished 14 seconds behind the yellow jersey

Julian Alaphilippe on stage 13 of the 2019 Tour de France (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) smashed the Tour de France 2019 stage 13 time trial to take stage victory and extend his overall lead in the general classification.

Defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) finished 14 seconds down to take second place over the 27.2km course, but fell to 1-26 down in the GC.

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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.

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