Tour de France 2019: Elia Viviani gets first stage win; Julian Alaphilippe retains yellow jersey
Elia Viviani triumphed in a sprint finish in Nancy to claim his first Tour de France stage win as Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.
It was Viviani’s Deceuninck-Quick Step teammate Alaphilippe who attacked late in stage three and, determined not to be outdone, the Italian took the glory Tuesday when he crossed the line just ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan.
A three-rider breakaway of Yoann Offredo, Frederik Backaert and Michael Schar built an impressive gap of three minutes with over 200 kilometers remaining, with the trio maintaining an advantage until the latter stages.
Two crashes held up the peloton in its pursuit, but the breakaway group eventually was caught in a dramatic approach to the line.
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