'I had to seize this opportunity for yellow', says emotional Julian Alaphilippe

The Frenchman says he will try to hold on to the overall lead for as long as possible

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Julian Alaphilippe's (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) goal after a superb spring – winning Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and La Flèche Wallonne – was to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, and on stage three he "had to seize the opportunity."

"I had just won the stage and was recovering," Alaphilippe said of his tears at the stage three finish.

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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.