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Julian Alaphilippe wins a dramatic stage 16 of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees

5:34 pm, 24th July 2018

The Quick-Step Floors’ rider was allowed to enjoy the final kilometres of the race after Adam Yates crashed while leading on the descent into Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates had crested the summit of the Col du Portillon with a lead of 22 seconds over Alaphilippe after attacking the remnants of the breakaway three kilometres from the summit.

But on the long descent into town he went down on a corner, 6.5 kilometres from the finish line, allowing Alaphilippe to zip by and take the win.

It was a dramatic end to a stage which had been stopped at one point as riders were affected by a spray used by police to break up a farmers’ protest on the road from Carcassonne.

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