Ineos executed their plan of attack on today’s pivotal stage of the Tour de la Provence to perfection.
Colombian Ivan Sosa won the 153.9km stage to become the new overall leader of the race in what was a dominant mountain top performance on a snowy Mont Ventoux from the British team.
“It was a pretty difficult stage. The strategy was for Egan (Bernal) or I to attack.
“I think between us we played it well,” Sosa said after the stage.
Despite finishing behind the Ineos duo, Alaphilippe was happy with his performance.
“I am pretty happy with my shape. Today was a good test and I can be content with how I did on a hard climb that commands respect.
“At the end of the day, I have no regrets. It’s a good result, one that gives me confidence for the next goals,” the star Frenchman said.
Carrying a lead of 19 seconds in the GC over second-placed Bernal heading into Sunday’s final and mostly flat 163.2km stage from Avignon to Salon-de-Provence, Sosa should seal overall victory.
|1||Ivan Ramiro Sosa||COL||4:08:14|
|1||Ivan Ramiro Sosa||COL||13:13:16|
✌️A 1-2 on Ventoux ✌️
— INEOS Grenadiers (@INEOSGrenadiers) February 13, 2021