Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) last Thursday, the first stage in the 62nd Round of Slovakia (cat. 2.1.) won. The 26-year-old Frenchman was after 169,9 km from Poprad to Strbske Pleso in a sprint uphill faster than Ben Hermans. The Hungarian Attila Valter was third.
Alaphilippe is also the new leader. He lost his Luxembourg team-mate Bob Jungels, Wednesday proloogwinnaar.
The first ride in line was colored by an early flight with five riders: Giulio Ciccone, Martin Herring, Daniel, Dina, Torjus Sleen and Emanuel Piaskowy. Ciccone grip on the seven slopes each time the bergpunten.
In the platoon, checked Quick-Step Floors, this Wednesday, his 62nd victory achieved and thus its own record of the tables wiped. The lead was not above the 3:10 and fell fast. Ciccone tried it still, the Italian was within 20 km of the arrival spell.
In a descent episode, Victor Lafay his chance, without success. At 5 kilometers from the finish wanted Serge Pauwels, for the first time back in competition after his fall and elleboogbreuk in the Tour, the legs test. He fell, but Quick-Step Floors kept everything together for the final climb. Then placed Alaphilippe his attack. Herman, Valter and thuisrijder Jan Tratnik picked up, but could not prevent Alaphilippe the counter for Quick-Step at 63 put.
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