Team Ineos ‘not racing against Julian Alaphilippe,’ says sports director Nicolas Portal

Geraint Thomas was disappointed not to win the time trial, but says there are plenty of other threats in the race

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Team Ineos are not racing against Julian Alaphilippe as the Tour de France enters a crucial high-mountain phase, according to sports director Nicolas Portal.

Frenchman Alaphilippe has proven himself a dangerous man to hold the yellow jersey, after he emphatically won the stage 13 time trial and tightened his grip on the race lead.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for 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.