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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won stage 3 of the Tour de France today, after the French rider stormed his way to victory after a powerful attack in Epernay to claim the maillot jaune (yellow jersey).
Alaphilippe surged clear of the peloton during the last of four categorized climbs to catch and pass remaining escapee Tim Wellens on the Côte de Mutigny with 16 kilometers remaining, finishing 26 seconds ahead of the chasing pack to seize a solo victory in the capital city of Champagne.
Meanwhile, overnight leader, Mike Teunissen, cracked on the succession of punchy climbs that peppered the finish, while Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) beat Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) for second place on the ramped finish.
Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) completed the top five.
With Jumbo-Visma’s Teunissen coming home almost five minutes down, Alaphilippe took the yellow jersey on the day the race entered French soil for the first time following the Belgian grand depart.
Alaphilippe now leads Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) by 20 seconds in the general classification, with Van Aert’s teammates Steven Kruijswijk and George Bennett in third and fourth place at 25 seconds.
Matthews moves into the top five, a further 15 seconds in arrears.
Egan Bernal edged ahead of Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas into sixth overall, after the Welsh rider and defending champion was caught out in a split for 13th place, five seconds back.
Wellens, the last man standing of a five-man break which formed shortly after the start of the 215 kilometer stage, took maximum points over all four categorized climbs to secure the polka dot jersey.
In the meantime, Sagan moved into the green jersey at the expense of Teunissen, while Van Aert retained the white jersey.
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