Winning the opening of the Tour de France will require a “very violent effort” – .

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Winning the opening of the Tour de France will require a “very violent effort” – .


After striking early in each of the last two editions of the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) sees little point in hiding his ambition this time around. The opening days of the 2021 race appear to have been designed with his puncher qualities in mind, and the Frenchman hopes to swap his rainbow jersey for the yellow jersey at Landerneau on Saturday night.

In 2019, Alaphilippe won at Epernay to take the yellow on stage 3. Last August, he did the same on stage 2 in Nice. This time, the final at the top of category 3 Côte de la Fosse aux Loups offers the world champion a chance to grab yellow on first request. 24 hours later, in the meantime, there is another opportunity for the puncheurs on stage 2 at Mûr-de-Bretagne.

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