'It's been a long time since they had a real champion in yellow': What it means for France to have the Tour's race leader

Riders in the Tour peloton give their thoughts on what is proving to be a special edition of the race for the home nation

Julian Alaphilippe in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France 2019 (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

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The French are celebrating their national race, the Tour de France, more so than in recent years thanks to Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step).

Not only has Alaphilippe won two stages, but he did so with panache and with the second one, in the yellow jersey. And it would have only helped having the 2018 Tour champion Geraint Thomas (Ineos) behind him when he celebrated.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.