Alaphilippe claims victory in stage 10 as Tour de France enters the Alps

Alaphilippe claims victory in stage 10 as Tour de France enters the Alps
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The first alpine stage of this year's Tour de France saw Frenchman Julien Alaphilippe come home first, while Greg Van Avermaet retained the yellow jersey with a fourth place finish in Le Grand Bornand.


Julien Alaphilippe became the first home stage winner at this year's Tour de France, prolonging the hangover for many still celebrating the country's World Cup victory at the weekend.

Alaphilippe made a long-range attack in the mountains of the Haute-Savoie in southwestern France to claim a solo win in Le Grand Bornand.

Race leader Greg Van Avermaet managed to retain the yellow jersey after a fourth place finish on the gruelling Alpine stage, extending his overall lead.

British hopeful Geraint Thomas's hopes of snatching the yellow jersey were dampened by his tenth place finish.

However, he will hope to make up some time in stage 11 from Albertville to La Rosiere

The challenging route will feature three huge climbs in baking summer temperatures, reaching heights of close to 2,000 metres.

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