Julian Alaphilippe spoke to our microphone before the start of the 4th and final stage of the Tour de La Provence, which is rather conducive to a massive sprint at the finish. Host of the first days, the French rider, 3rd overall, said he was satisfied with his condition.
Julian Alaphilippe will not weigh as much on the 4th stage of the Tour de La Provence, this Sunday, as in the previous ones, but the main thing is elsewhere for the rider of the Deceuninck Quick-Step formation. Alaphilippe is satisfied with his week. “I am very happy with my result and my form, it bodes well for the future, he said to our microphone before getting on his bike. I am very happy with the condition. I was came here to test myself. I ran as I love to run. I can’t wait to continue the season. “
The day before, the Colombian Ivan Sosa (Ineos Grenadiers) took power over the Tour de Provence by winning solo the 3rd stage, that of Mont Ventoux, disputed between Istres and the Reynard chalet (153.9 km), in front of the two stars of the event, Egan Bernal and the French Julian Alaphilippe. Barring the blow of Trafalgar, Sosa should win the 6th Tour de La Provence.
Bernal had the last word on Saturday
On the road to snow-capped Mont Ventoux, the expected duel between the winner of the Tour de France 2019 and the world champion 2020 took place. While Sosa, promised to final victory was already ahead, Alaphilippe and Bernal isolated themselves from the peloton of favorites 3.5 km from the finish line, located in front of the Reynard chalet, two-thirds of the way up to the Giant from Provence.
Dutchman Wouter Poels (Bahrain) briefly joined them, but was left behind by the red flame when the two took turns attacking. Bernal had the last word in the last 500 meters, overtaking Alaphilippe in the general classification for two seconds.