World Champion Julian Alaphilippe named most combative rider of the Tour de l’Ain.

Temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius, four classified climbs, over 3200 vertical meters and an uphill finish – the last stage of the Tour de l’Ain was stacked with difficulties, but these didn’t stop Julian Alaphilippe from sailing away in the opening kilometers and establishing a two-minute margin together with two other riders by the time they arrived at the bottom of the first ascent.

The trio continued at a high pace and managed to stretch their advantage to four minutes, a gap that forced the peloton to change the gear and drive a big tempo behind the leading group, from where Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) attacked with 30 kilometers to go and opened what in the end proved to be a decisive margin.

Alaphilippe dropped out from the chasing group on the leg-sapping Col de Menthières to help Mauri Vansevenant in the yellow jersey group, which counted only eleven riders. What was left of the peloton continued to shed riders, and towards the top several of them lost contact, including Mauri, who cramped on the steep gradient. But staying true to his nature and showing a fantastic fighting spirit, the Belgian continued to push on both the descent and the final climb to Lélex Monts-Jura.

This tenacity and determination netted Mauri eighth place in the overall classification, making it for the second time this season that the 23-year-old finished in the top 10 at a stage race, after Vuelta a Andalucia, in February: “I felt quite good today, but then at the end I came a bit short when it came to crunch time. I think everyone was on the limit, I had cramps, so I had to let go. I felt better again a bit after that, but it was difficult to come back, although I gave my best all the way until the finish. The form is good, as evidenced by this top 10, but I can still improve a bit as now I miss that last bit to fight in the front.”

After animating every stage of the three-day race – where he returned for the first time in eight years – not missing any opportunity to showcase his panache and beautiful rainbow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe made a well-deserved visit to the podium after the final stage, as he was named the most combative rider of the Tour de l’Ain – making it the 12th time this year that Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl won a stage race secondary classification.

 

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Race details

1 Antonio Pedrero López
Movistar Team
3:28:40
2 Harry Sweeny
Lotto Soudal
1:18
3 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
1:18
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
1:39
5 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
1:39
6 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
1:39
7 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
1:39
8 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
1:39
9 Valentin Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
1:58
10 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis
3:21
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:21
28 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:55
64 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:37
67 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:37
82 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
25:26
DNF Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-03:28:40
1 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
10:34:43
2 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:06
3 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:08
4 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:12
5 Antonio Pedrero López
Movistar Team
0:17
6 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
7 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
0:29
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:54
9 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
3:15
10 Anthony Delaplace
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:15
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:37
56 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
26:44
70 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:22
72 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
39:32
1 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
44 pt
2 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
34 pt
3 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
28 pt
4 Antonio Pedrero López
Movistar Team
25 pt
5 Jake Stewart
Groupama - FDJ
25 pt
6 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
24 pt
7 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
20 pt
8 Harry Sweeny
Lotto Soudal
20 pt
9 Romain Cardis
St Michel - Auber93
20 pt
10 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
19 pt
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19 pt
12 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
19 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
27 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Hannes Wilksch
Germany
42 pt
2 Antonio Pedrero López
Movistar Team
33 pt
3 Louis Richard
Team U Nantes Atlantique
25 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
23 pt
5 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
6 George Bennett
UAE Team Emirates
16 pt
7 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis
10 pt
8 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
10 pt
9 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
9 pt
10 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education-EasyPost
8 pt
1 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
10:34:49
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:48
3 Alessandro Fancellu
EOLO-Kometa
4:56
4 Jordan Jegat
Team U Nantes Atlantique
8:37
5 Nicolas Vinokurov
Astana Qazaqstan Development Team
8:50
6 Hannes Wilksch
Germany
12:10
7 Maxime Chevalier
14:19
8 Maximilien Juillard
Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole
15:30
9 Ben Healy
EF Education-EasyPost
15:41
10 Valentin Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
20:05
21 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
39:26
1 Trek - Segafredo 31:52:46
2 AG2R Citroën Team 1:42
3 Groupama - FDJ 7:38
4 Cofidis 9:55
5 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 17:25
6 Team U Nantes Atlantique 19:12
7 Movistar Team 21:27
8 Team Arkéa Samsic 21:28
9 TotalEnergies 29:06
10 Lotto Soudal 30:40

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