Julian Alaphalippe’s daring victory on stage three of the Tour de France 2019 continues a remarkable winning streak for the Frenchman.
The Deceuninck – Quick-Step puncheur has now won a stage in every race he’s entered for the last 15 months, since the Tour of the Basque Country in April 2018.
Alaphilippe has entered a golden era in the last two seasons, with staggering performances in both stage races and major one-day races.
The 27-year-old started his streak in the Basque Country last April, the opening two stages.
He then went on score a victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné before his breakthrough performance at the 2018 Tour de France, winning two stages and the mountains classification.
Alaphilippe closed out last season by winning the Bristol stage of the Tour of Britain and stage one of the Okolo Slovenska, which he also won overall.
That run of wins continued in early 2019, with Alaphilippe winning a road stage and the individual time trial at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.
He then won a stage of Tour Colombia and took two phenomenal wins at Tirreno-Adriatico.
In April, he won a stage of the Tour of the Basque Country before crashing out and went on to another victory at the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné.
His solo victory on stage three of the Tour continues that run, and Alaphilippe is showing no signs of slowing down.
In between the stage race success, Alaphilippe also won his first monument, Milan-San Remo, and a second Fléche Wallonne.
He currently holds the yellow jersey at the Tour de France 2019, with a 20-second advantage over Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).
Alaphilippe has dismissed riding for general classification however, vowing to pursue stage wins while potentially defending his 2018 mountains classification title.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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