Alaphilippe claims the Tour de France yellow jersey with stage 2 win

Nice: Julian Alaphilippe gave the French public a dream start to the Tour de France on Sunday, outsmarting Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates to win a sprint finish on stage 2 and claim the yellow jersey.

The Frenchman prevailed at the end of a tough 186-kilometre parcours from Nice, nudging out Swiss Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) and Briton Yates in a sprint finish after the trio had survived a long day in the break. Alaphilippe kept his cool to prevail as the peloton breathed down their necks.

Julian Alaphilippe crosses to win stage 2 – and take the yellow jersey – on Sunday.Credit:Getty Images

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider – a darling of French cycling – was the rider who more than any other helped turn the 2019 edition into a thriller.

Full report to come.

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