Julian Alaphilippe will wear the yellow jersey during Stage 9 of the 2019 Tour de France on Sunday.
The Frenchman will proudly lead the general classification at the start of Bastille Day.
Racing will begin in Saint-Etienne and finish at Brioude after 170.5 kilometres of hill climbing and rapid descents.
Alaphilippe has been perfectly suited to the opening of this year's Tour, and his maverick style will once again make him a threat during the latest stage. The puncheur has executed the tactics needed to stay one step ahead of his opposition, gaining speed through well-timed bursts of aggression.
Date: Sunday, July 14
Time: 11.05 a.m. local, 10.05 a.m. BST, 5.05 a.m. ET
Route: Saint-Etienne to Brioude
TV: Eurosport, ITV (UK), NBC (U.S.)
Latest General Classifications
1. Julian Alaphilippe, Deceuninck-QuickStep: 34 hours,17 minutes, 59 seconds
2. Giulio Ciccone, Trek-Segafredo: 0:00:23
3. Thibaut Pinot, Groupama-FDJ: 0:00:53
4. George Bennett, Team Jumbo-Visma: 0:01:10
5. Geraint Thomas, Team Ineos: 0:01:12
6. Egan Bernal, Team Ineos: 0:01:16
7. Steven Kruijswijk, Team Jumbo-Visma: 0:01:27
8. Rigoberto Uran, EF Education First: 0:01:38
9. Jakob Fuglsang, Astana Pro Team: 0:01:42
10. Emanuel Buchmann, Bora-Hansgrohe: 0:01:45
Full times and stage information are available from the Tour de France's official website.
Alaphilippe has stole the headlines in France, but it might be difficult for the race leader to maintain his status as the maillot jaune.
The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider was clever during Stage 8, aiming a late attack at eventual stage winner Thomas De Gendt that made him the GC leader on Saturday night.
However, with each passing stage, the hills turn into mountains, and Alaphilippe traditionally does not possess the climbing stamina needed to prevail.
Stage 9, though, is perfect for the French racer's skill set. The true mountain climbing begins in Stage 12, and Alaphilippe will want to build up a significant GC lead before the Tour reaches Toulouse.
Cycling journalist Will Newton tweeted about Sunday's racing:
Will Newton @InsidePeloton96
Do you hear the people sing? No? Well you will tomorrow. Let's dive straight into tomorrow's #PreviewTime. Stage 9: Saint-Étienne > Brioude (170.5km) A similar flavour to today with few flat roads in sight as we skirt around the foothills of the Massif Central. #TDF2019 👇👇 https://t.co/QAk5IZXpvX
Eyes will be on champion Geraint Thomas after a fall during Stage 8. Team Ineos collectively made a mess of a corner, bringing down the Welshman in a crash. Thomas was forced to ditch his bike for a replacement, putting in an excellent ride thereafter to finish 10th.
Thomas is one minute, 12 seconds off the GC lead. He will want to have cut the deficit when he crosses the finish line in Brioude. A solid ride will keep him on course to retain his title, but Saturday's fall showed how easy it is to lose vital seconds at the world's most famous cycling event.
Thibaut Pinot was excellent during Stage 8 and stuck with Alaphilippe until the final attack of the day. The 29-year-old has threatened to be one of the surprise contenders in his homeland, and his second-placed finish on Saturday moved him up to third in the GC.
Pinot trails Alaphilippe by 53 seconds overall, but the Groupama-FDJ rider is a world-class climber. The six gruelling mountain stages to follow will be ideal for Pinot Noir, so he will hope to still be in contention once the mountains become the primary challenge for the peloton.