Bastille Day. The sun shone. The crowds came out to fete both a Frenchman in the mailllot jaune and a stage finish in Romain Bardet‘s home town! A classy break went up the road to play for the win, and Daryl Impey kept his head to beat Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) in a two up sprint to claim his maiden Tour de France victoire – the first for Mitchelton-Scott in three years. There was no change on the overall as the GC guys rolled along thoroughly enjoying a lull in proceedings.
The day was long, the finale was full of pinch-points and roundabouts, but at the close of play Elia Viviani rode the coat-tails of a fantastic Deceuninck-Quickstep leadout to take his first victory at La Grand Boucle. Dropped off to perfection, the Italian had the pace to come around Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) with ease. Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan finished fast to just pip Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) to third place. After helping deliver his teammate over the line, Julian Alaphilipppe followed him onto the podium to pull on the yellow jersey once more.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) swashbuckled his way to stage victory and the maillot jaune as Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) struggled on the frantic, attackity Ardennes style finale into Epernay. Hot favourite for the stage, the Frenchman unleashed a devastating attack on the final climb, caught and passed lone leader Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) and scampered solo to the finish. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) got the better of Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven to complete the podium. A slight split in the field at the finish saw Egan Bernal (Ineos) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) gain five seconds on their GC rivals