As it happened: Julian Alaphilippe wins Tour de France 2019 stage 13 time trial

Recap the crucial stage 13 time trial of the 2019 Tour de France

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The Tour de France takes on another crucial day for the GC contenders on stage 13 with the race's sole individual time trial.

The race against the clock can make or break a lot of riders' chances of victory, with many just looking to limit their losses with an eye on the coming mountain stages.

The undulating 27km course in Pau of the stage 13 time trial will not be a pure power course, meaning the climbers should have more of a chance to limit the time losses to the better time trial riders. The course does however represent a good chance for defending champion Geraint Thomas (Ineos) to stamp his authority on the race and close the gap to yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).

Follow along with live updates of the Tour de France 2019 stage 13 time trial.

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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.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).