On the slopes of Mont Ventoux, Julian Alaphilippe was able to demonstrate all his form this Saturday on the third stage of the Tour de La Provence in direct competition with Egan Bernal. Apart from the battle between the two champions, the victory went to Ivan Sosa of the INEOS Grenadiers team.
For this third stage of the Tour de La Provence, the favorites were there this Saturday. With an arrival at Chalet Reynard on the snow-capped Mont Ventoux, worthy of the Tour de France, it was Ivan Sosa who largely won with the help of his team INEOS Grenadiers who was impeccable. The 23-year-old Colombian attacked in the last 5 kilometers to secure the victory alone. The new leader could never be caught thanks to a nice poker move from his British team.
It fought hard between Alaphilippe and Bernal
Behind him, a fierce battle took place between two big headliners. Starting against from a group of ten riders, Alaphilippe tried to plug the hole 3 kilometers from the finish. What reassured on his state of form after his fall Friday. Directly followed by two Ineos riders including Egan Bernal, the French world champion could not catch up with the lead of the race. In the last kilometers of the day, the winner of the Tour de France 2019 and Alaphilippe did not let go. But on a last small attack, the Colombian grabs second place with 15 seconds behind the head. The Frenchman takes a nice third place (+18 ‘).
Julian Alaphilippe, who is starting his season on this Tour de La Provence, dressed in the rainbow jersey, has proven that he has the legs for the rest of the season. Before taking the start for the last stage this Sunday, the Frenchman is in third place in the general classification. Ranking which should remain unchanged.