This was an exciting bike race. Julian Alaphilippe attacked 9 miles before the finish and road solo all the way, gaining 30 seconds during a long decent. He was reported to have done extensive preparation by pre-riding the course and learning all the twists and turns. He used the power tuck, a dangerous move where a rider increases aerodynamics by droping to the top tube of the bike. The French were thrilled that one of their own assumed the overall lead of the race and earned the yellow jersey.
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