French rider Julian Alaphilippe celebrates his victory as he crosses the finish line of the third stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Binche and Epernay, in Reims on July 8, 2019. / AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT
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France's Julian Alaphilippe lived up to the hype as he snatched the Tour de France overall leader's yellow jersey by winning the third stage Monday.The world No. 1 jumped away from the pack in the Cote de Mutigny, a brutal 900-meter effort at an average gradient of 12.2 percent, to claim his third stage win in the race after a 215-kilometer ride from Binche, Belgium.Among the general classification contenders, only France's Thibaut Pinot and Colombian Egan Bernal finished in the first chasing group, 26 seconds behind Alaphilippe.Overall, Bernal is now sixth, 40 seconds behind Alaphilippe with Britain's Thomas in seventh, 5 seconds further back.
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