In his yellow jersey for a 13th day, the world No. 1 looked relaxed. AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the Tour de France's overall lead Wednesday and said he was "ready for the Alps" after the 200-km run to Gap on stage 17, won by Italian Matteo Trentin.Rivals have been predicting local hero Alaphilippe would crack under pressure since he took the overall lead but Thomas' co-captain Egan Bernal lying in fifth overall was unsure.The victory for Trentin, 29, came after he surged forward alone from a mass breakaway 20 minutes ahead of the main pack, and is a fourth win on the 2019 Tour for the Mitchelton-Scott team after Simon Yates' double and Daryl Impey's victory.Trentin, Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet and six other previous Tour stage winners led a group of 33 riders on a burning pace covering the first 100km in two hours.
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