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Messages of solidarity to WWP conference

first_imgFollowing are a sample of solidarity messages to the Nov. 11-13 Workers World Party National Conference.Workers Party of KoreaThe Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea warmly congratulates the Workers World Party of the United States on its National Conference and, through the Conference, extends fraternal greetings to the National Committee and all members of your Party.Over the past years, your Party has vigorously struggled to defend the rights and interests of the working class against aggression and interference in the internal affairs of other countries by the imperialists and for the victory of the socialist cause, a common ideal of humankind.We express our deep thanks to your Party for the unchangeable support and encouragement extended to our Party and people in their struggle to safeguard sovereignty of the nation and peace and security of the region and the world as a whole.Convinced that the support, solidarity and mutual cooperation between our two Parties will further strengthen in the joint struggle to advance the socialist cause against imperialism, we take this opportunity to sincerely wish you great successes in the work of the Conference of your Party.Central CommitteeWorkers’ Party of KoreaNational Democratic Front of the Philippines November 2016Message of Solidarity to the Workers World PartyThe National Democratic Front of the Philippines and its allied organizations, including the Communist Party of the Philippines, send our most militant greetings of solidarity to the Workers World Party on the occasion of your 2016 National Conference in New York City.We commend your conference for putting into question the issue of societal change in the context of the bipartisan politics of the ruling elites in the United States.Neither of the chief representatives of the ruling class in the elections will forward changes for the working and marginalized people in the U.S. as either will ensure that the U.S.’ domestic and international policies shall continue to serve monopoly capitalist interests particularly the financial oligarchs and military-industrial complex.Unemployment, hunger, privatization of social services such as health and education, and internal displacement in the U.S. is heightening. While it deceptively banners human rights and freedom in its overseas war and military operations, it subjects the working people and people of color to untold violence and injustice. Police shootings of Black people and criminalization of migrants remain as the root causes of poverty, joblessness, discrimination and xenophobia remain unaddressed.The deepening and protracted crisis of capitalism translates to an even more aggressive push for neoliberal globalization to colonies and semi-colonies of the U.S. through bilateral, regional and mega trade deals such as the TTIP and the TPPA. War, direct or by proxy, remains as the U.S.’ political and military tool to keep its stranglehold over countries and global regions, or wrest control from its competitor states.Contradictions among imperialist countries are sharpening and caught in between are the working and exploited people in the U.S. and the world.But the people are continuing to rise up.From workers’ strikes to Black Lives Matter to the protest actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, people in the U.S. are bringing forward issues that strike to the very core of the capitalist system.In the Philippines, the revolutionary and progressive forces in the country are intensifying anti-imperialist calls and campaigns. The declarations of the current government of Duterte pertaining to the U.S. and Philippines relations are sharpening the contradictions within the ruling classes and triggering imperialist-backed attacks in social and other media.Pro-imperialist forces and the classes that benefit from maintaining the semi-colonial and semi-feudal setup in our country are steadily mounting propaganda attacks to discredit the revolutionary movement and the national democratic revolution with socialist perspective line.We are, however, very much confident that the revolution will advance and socialism will triumph. The deteriorating condition of the people in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world will only prod the oppressed and exploited to continually seek resolution of fundamental socioeconomic and political problems perpetuated by imperialists.Let us continue to work together in solidarity against neoliberal globalization, war, fascism, discrimination and all reactions towards a socialist future for our people.Long live Workers World Party! Long live international solidarity!World Federation of Trade Unions – All-India TUCNov. 2, 2016Dear Comrades Johnnie Stevens and Martha Grevatt,We are glad and enthused to receive your invitation for the conference scheduled to be held in New York City, 11-13 November, 2016.As you rightly said, whoever gets elected in your Presidential election, the role of class based trade unions is imminent for the future of the world working-class movement to achieve the goal. The Asia-Pacific affiliates of WFTU to be also benefitted by your conclusions and action programmes.  We send our revolutionary greetings for the success of your conference.As I am also the working president of the All India Trade Union Congress, the oldest  and foremost trade union of the Indian working class, I convey the greetings of the 14 million strong AITUC also toward the success for your conference.Fraternally,MAHADEVANDy. General Secretary, WFTU andIn-charge WFTU Asia-Pacific RegionGreetings from the United Communist Party of Russia (OKP)To the participants of the National Conference of Workers World Party (U.S.)Dear comrades! Friends!On the eve of your national Party conference, we send our greetings and congratulate you on this important event in the life of the conscious and organized workers of the United States.We, the Russian communists, know about your work and believe in the prospects of the workers’ and communist movements of the United States.For us, your people are not embodied by presidents and generals, but by people such as Jack London, John Reed, William Foster, Martin Luther King and other American anti-war, anti-racist and communist activists, progressive figures of science, art and culture, and friends of the Soviet Union.Cooperation with Workers World Party is very important to us. We appreciate the internationalist position you have taken during the events in Ukraine and the war on Donbass.We are grateful for your selfless assistance in circulating information from our party, the OKP.Dear friends!We wish you success in the struggle for the establishment of a more just system in the United States and around the world.Down with oppression and exploitation!Down with war and tyranny!Long live the working class!Long live international socialism!With communist greetings,Darya Mitina, international secretary of the Central Committee of the United Communist Party, and the members of the International Policy Commission of the OKP CCAssociation of Indonesian StudentsDear comrades of the Workers World Party and the working class of America,Hereby, we, Association of Indonesian Students, give our full support and solidarity to the comrades of Workers World Party in their protest against the 2016 presidential election of [U.S.] America.As for hundred times before, once again, the working class of America faces this historical moment. The moment when the workers are forced to choose the candidates to represent the ruling class, the bourgeoisie. These representatives manifest themselves in the presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both Clinton and Trump, represent the interests of the ruling class, which is to achieve its historical purpose: the oppression of the working class, both American and foreign, as demonstrated through the exploitation of cheap labour in the third world (especially in Indonesia) by American corporations (protected by, of course, the imperialist American government).In short, we call for the American working class to abandon the ‘lesser evil’ voting method, as both candidates do not and will never represent the interest of the working class. We call on you, the American workers, to not vote but to revolt! Voting for bourgeois politicians will not only help strengthen the American bourgeois and capitalists, but will also send America deeper into the abyss of oppression.Now, the workers of America must face this moment with a fiercer call for revolutionary action against the ruling class. This leaves the task of organizing and educating the masses to vanguard parties, which will eventually offer the working masses another choice. That choice is socialism and human liberation! Therefore, it is urgent for the American revolutionary left to prepare for this historic moment. Once again, we call for our American comrades:Don’t vote! Revolt!and lastly, we say best of luck to the Workers World Party and the workers of America.Workers of the world, unite! Lugansk Communists Greetings from the Lugansk Communists to the Workers World Party ConferenceDear comrades!I would like to greet you on behalf of the organization of Communists of the Lugansk People’s Republic!We know a lot about your difficult struggle and the challenging conditions in which you have to work. Today, all over the world, left-wing organizations are fighting for justice and equality — unfortunately, with varying success. Your work takes place in the heart of the modern imperialist world. Your task is one of the most difficult. But all the more valuable are your efforts and your desire for change.We believe that one day your efforts will be crowned with success. You will change the system; a new world will be built for the peoples of the United States — of the best and fairest kind.Despite having plenty of your own problems, you find the opportunity to support and assist left movements worldwide. We thank you for the support and attention that you have given to our organization. Though separated by thousands of kilometers, we are fighting for the same values. And every victory — yours or ours — is our mutual victory, because we are all working toward the same thing: the triumph of justice throughout the world, and for all peoples.I wish you success and good luck. You still have to overcome a lot of difficulties, but we believe that your persistence, your commitment and your belief in victory will help you navigate all the difficulties and continue your important work.With comradely greetings,From the Lugansk People’s Republic,Maxim ChalenkoLeader of the Lugansk CommunistsCoordinator of the Donbass International Solidarity Forum “AIS Forum”InterUnit of the Ghost Brigade (Donbass)Dear comrades of Workers World Party,We are InterUnit, the internationalist and anti-fascist group of the Prizrak (Ghost) Brigade. We fight for the independence of Donbass and against the fascist government of Ukraine.As we write this message, we don’t know who will win the presidential elections in the USA, but we are sure that it is not the central problem of American society or of the world. In the USA there is a system of fake democracy designed to keep out alternative political forces. Two parties are playing a ridiculous game of self-declared rotation, but nothing will change either for domestic or foreign policies.This is seen clearly by looking at several issues.One of the most evident cases is the total failure of President Obama’s policy of integration: an incredible racist war all around the USA has driven the country back to the worst pages of its history.But it is also very hard to find big differences between the policies of each presidential candidate on the welfare system. The working class is always under attack.On foreign policy, the two candidates have different strategies, but the target will be the same: going on with the imperialist system.The main tool that imperialism uses is war. War can be economic, cultural, political or a traditional military one. Here we are fighting a war against imperialistic aggression. The USA and European Union made a coup d’état in Ukraine to install a puppet government. To do this, they used Nazi groups. But they didn’t expect the reaction of the people of this land, who made an uprising to kick out the Nazis and their friends. For two years, the people have defended the Popular Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.Western countries deny they are making this war and say that it is Russian aggression.You must not forget this war, because it is against the fascists and inside Europe. All of us know very well what it would mean to have the fascists in power again, what the consequences would be.By the way, you should not think that this war is Russian aggression. There are no Russian troops or vehicles here; in that case, the war would have been over a long time ago, like in Crimea. Here there are only workers who take up weapons and defend their people, land and culture.We want social justice, rights for all, an end to discrimination.We want a society free from exploitation of human beings and the environment.We want people to truly and freely participate in public decisions, having the full right to decide their own future.We want the right of self-determination and the end of imperialist interference.We want the end of all wars.That is what we are fighting for.We know very well that all the struggles in every part of the world are only different fronts of the same war, the one that will drive us toward freedom and peace for all people.InterUnitCommunist Party of DenmarkOctober 22, 2016To Workers World PartyInternational Department; John Catalinotto & Berta Joubert-CeciThe Communist Party, Denmark sends our warm and fraternal greetings of solidarity to Workers World Party — wishing you a fruitful conference.It is definitely time to talk and time to fight as you write. And we are looking forward to receiving information about the results of your conference.It is time for unity on a class base, it is time for unity in the struggle for peace, it is time for unity fighting the consequences of imperialism, it is time for unity in the communist movement, the Marxist-Leninist movement.Let us use the opportunity and thank you for your struggle and your analysis.Our party, Communist Party, Denmark produces the daily newspaper Arbejderen (The Worker). When looking for reliable news and analysis about what goes on in the U.S. and why, we frequently search your home page, and often we find very useful information. Thank you.Our criminal governments in Washington and Copenhagen stand shoulder to shoulder as does the capitalist class of our two countries. The military forces of our countries spread death in the world of today.Our fight is in many aspects the same and the goal is socialism.Our party has a main focus on fighting imperialism, and this autumn we make a nationwide campaign to develop and spread a better understanding of imperialism in theory and in practice; in our party, among our allies and to everybody within reach — among them the readers of our daily paper.We struggle for working-class unity. Taking initiatives to develop a combative and united trade union movement, which has been and still is strongly dominated by a neoliberal, pro-NATO and pro-EU (European Union) social democracy.We campaign against NATO and the wars, which destroy countries and produce millions of refugees.We campaign against the European Union. The EU is the tool of European monopoly capital. In the EU constitution socialism is outlawed, and the EU is the driving force in a massive all-european attack on welfare and working-class rights.In our daily struggle we work closely with other communist parties, left-wing organizations, trade unions, the peace movement and other popular movements. We hope this common struggle sooner rather than later can lead to organizational unity of the communists in Denmark and thereby make us stronger in our day-to-day struggle on all fronts and in the struggle for socialism.Once more: Receive our best wishes for a good and productive party conference.Fraternally,Danish Communist PartyNikolaj Kofod, International Secretary and Sven-Erik Simonsen, International DepartmentPortugal — news blogDear friends and comrades of Workers World PartyWe salute the heroic efforts of WWP and its courageous members. The struggle for revolutionary changes from inside the belly of the beast demands enormous combativeness and sacrifice. WWP is a ray of clarity that burns in the trenches of the United States.When an imperial power enters a period of economic, financial, monetary, political, ideological and moral decline it provokes the terrible events that we witness today inside and outside the USA: a multiform crisis and aggressions all over the world.We send our wishes that WWP continues the good fight, the struggle for socialism and that it continues to accumulate forces for the great transformation that is historically necessary. Capitalism is already out of date and has to be overcome.Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 30, 2016Jorge Figueiredoeditor of resistir.infoGalizan People’s UnionTo the National Conference of the WWPWorkers World PartyGaliza, 2 November 2016Comrades!The Central Committee of the Galizan People’s Union (UPG) sends its fraternal greetings to the Secretariat and the members of the Workers World Party on the occasion of your National Conference, convinced that the debates and conclusions of this important meeting will enable the WWP to mark out a line of political action for the period ahead.We are aware of the huge difficulties that you face in your fight for socialism in the heart of the Empire. But we also know how hard the WWP works to convince the working class and the people that, in the United States as in the rest of the world, the only real way out of the current and future crises involves a complete overthrow of the capitalist system.You are meeting only days after the U.S. presidential election. Like you, we are not fooled by this charade and we know that whether it is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump who is elected, no matter who wins the election, the struggle must continue for the workers and oppressed, working shoulder to shoulder with women, the Black Lives Matter movement, migrants, LGBTI+ people and the entire working class.The right-wing People’s Party recently renewed its overall hold over Galiza and will continue to work in collusion with its alter ego in the newly formed Spanish government to pursue its onslaught against hard-won labour rights, free and universal education and health care and their attacks on the right of the nations under the Spanish yoke to exercise our right to national self-determination and full sovereignty.We have overcome many obstacles in the past and we will not balk at this hurdle now. We will not be cowed because we know that ours is a just cause and we refuse to renege on our longstanding commitment to uphold the Galizan people’s right to national liberation and social emancipation.Both in Galiza and the United States, we share the imperious need to continue organising amongst the masses, which calls for a strong, revolutionary Party. We know that you strive untiringly to bolster the ranks of the WWP by rallying the most engaged and dynamic sectors of society, just as we work unerringly to strengthen the patriotic front, the Galizan Nationalist Bloc (BNG), in order to create a popular power base.We must work towards channelling the current climate of political turmoil and discontent into class consciousness and organisation, which is the key to moving forward to a fairer society on the road to building socialism.We wish you all the best for your National Conference.Long live the Workers World Party!Long live international solidarity!Robert Neal BaxterSecretariat for International RelationsCentral Committee of the Galizan People’s Union (UPG)Brazilian Women’s ConfederationOur solidarity message to the 58th National Conference of Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero Nov. 11-13, 2016.We unite with WWP/PMO in defense of peace and the inalienable right of the people of the world to decide their own destiny without the interference of the United States, the European Union or of any representatives of any entities that have demonstrated their complicity in intervention and war.We unite in defense of equal rights for women in the world of work — equal salary for equal work!We reject financial exploitation that has seized control of the people of the world, including the people of the United States, regarding work, health care and education!Long live the anti-imperialist struggle of the peoples of the world!Peace and sovereignty!We will be victorious!CMB – Confederation of Women of BrazilCommunist Revolutionary Action (Greece) Dear comrades, We send warm greetings to your National Conference.The number of communists who still remember that “the enemy is within” seems to be steadily declining in the Western Empire — many go searching for the enemy abroad, in various “dictators” or mythical entities such as Russian or Chinese “imperialism.” Therefore, we wish to salute the principled internationalist stance you take against “your own” bourgeois class in important international issues, such as the Syrian and the Ukrainian issue. Your “Hands off Syria” initiative is one of great importance; we are working on building something equivalent in Greece.Knowing well that the struggle against the bourgeois state and its policies is not simply confined to the economic struggles, but extends to the struggle against the policies that reproduce the myth of the nation, as well as the myth of the “healthy” member of the nation, through which the bourgeois class is able to build an interclass alliance under its hegemony, we wish to salute the principled stance you take against fascism, nationalism, racism, sexism, Islamophobia, etc., in defense of the most oppressed and against every form of oppression.We hope that your election campaign of Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly has been productive in raising the level of consciousness of the workers and oppressed within the belly of the beast. As highlighted by the crisis of capitalism that is raging with no end in sight together with the explosive escalation of NATO aggression that threatens to spark a new world war, the tasks ahead for revolutionaries are great and require common action between revolutionaries at an international level.We send you our militant solidarity for the struggles ahead, especially after the completion of the carnival of reaction that the U.S. presidential election campaign has been.With revolutionary greetings,Communist Revolutionary Action (Greece)Anti-Imperialist Camp Dear comrades of Workers World Party,for two decades we have been sharing many anti-imperialist campaigns with a very similar analysis as well as close political goals.The global capitalist crisis has decisively weakened the hegemony of the Western elites, especially on the fringes of the European Union.But also the imperialist wars, including those of the period before 2007-2008, could not avoid a general loss of hegemony by the imperialist centre and especially the U.S.Resistance of many types is growing all over the place including the imperialist countries though in many different forms including reactionary ones. The multipolar world is looming at the horizon.Our task has been and is more and more to support the popular and democratic movements, help them to develop a common platform and struggle for a new socialist project being also to provide an overarching answer across all conflicts.Wishing your successful deliberations and hoping for an ongoing collaboration,Willi LangthalerAnti-imperialist CampCentral of Male and Female Workers of BrazilSão Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 1, 2016The CTB (Central of Male and Female Workers of Brazil), the class-oriented trade union movement of Brazil, wishes a full success to the annual conference of Workers World Party, to be held in New York City from November 11-13. We are sure it will be a success and we hope to receive a document giving us the result of this important convention.The CTB expresses its complete solidarity to the U.S. working class, which is fighting for decent working conditions. We are ourselves fighting against an illegitimate government that came to power after a parliamentary coup d ́etat imposing drastic social cuts.The working class worldwide is the biggest victim of the capitalist crisis, and only through international unity, shall we conquer our rights and defeat the imperialism worldwide.Long live Workers World Party! Fraternal greetings,Adilson AraújoCTB National PresidentDivanilton PereiraCTB Secretary of International RelationsFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mother’s Club Family Learning Center Hosts Sixth Annual Fall Food Fest

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS For more information about Mothers’ Club and to purchase tickets to the upcoming Fall Food Fest, visit or mail payment to the organization’s address at 980 North Fair Oaks Avenue. Tickets will also be available at the door. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Tickets are $125 each, with the option to purchase an early bird ticket for $100 before October 1. A bundle of six tickets can be purchased for $500. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on an array of exciting items at the event’s live and silent auction. Participating vendors for the evening include: Azul Imperial, Bacchus’ Kitchen, Choctál, Contessa Collections LLC, Crafted By Moonlight, Crossings, El Cholo Café, El Portal, Everson Royce, Health-Ade Kombucha, Home Brew Bar, Pasadena Sandwich Company, Ridgeview Brewing, Urban Plates, and White Horse Lounge. Community News Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center is set to celebrate its sixth annual Fall Food Fest in Pasadena on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. This annual event benefits low-income families with young children in the Pasadena community. The ticketed event will be held at the non-profit’s sustainable learning center at 980 North Fair Oaks Avenue and will include a silent auction, live entertainment and unlimited food and beverage provided by some of Los Angeles’ top restaurants and eateries. Festivities will include live music, a photo booth, various wine, beer and tequila tastings, as well as food and beverages from local restaurants. The event will be led by Master of Ceremonies Jim Babcock, and attendees can enjoy live music all night from two great acts: The Labrateers and DJ frankroc. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy About Mothers’ Club Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News Business News HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Mothers’ Club provides two-generation learning programs that support low-income families with children from birth to age five. This unique approach is a proven way to lift disadvantaged families out of the cycles of poverty and under-education. Mothers’ Club programs comprise high quality, research-based early childhood education for children ages 0-5, and comprehensive services for parents, including parent education, leadership training, adult literacy, vocational exploration, and mental health support and interventions. The organization has served the Pasadena community for over 50 years and supports more than 100 families each year. Subscribe More Cool Stuff Mother’s Club Steering Committee: From left to right: Kristin Bacon, Jennifer Dyer, Rosiris Paniagua, Ginger Mort, Tori Welch, Kelly Crowe, Tanya Reader, Anne Marie Pieczarka, Bobbi Hewins, and Carolyn Cota. Not Pictured: Nurit Kotick and Anna Meadows “We’re delighted and thrilled to have our Fall Food Fest back for another year,” said Hector LaFarga, Jr., Executive Director at Mothers’ Club. “To witness the city of Pasadena, as well as greater Los Angeles, coming together to support low-income families is truly special. We hope to raise over $80,000 to support families living in isolation and poverty right here in our community. We’ve been serving families for 55 years and have seen the difference two-generational learning programs can make.” Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center is a non-profit organization that prepares families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through two-generation learning programs. To fulfill our mission, we provide FREE social services and educational programs to low-income, at-risk families with children ages 0-5. In all programs, parents and children are on-site, engaged in their own comprehensive curricula. Programs successfully increase literacy levels, educational outcomes and the emotional well-being of both generations. We currently serve 95 parents and 116 children each year. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Benefits Mother’s Club Family Learning Center Hosts Sixth Annual Fall Food Fest From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 3:38 pmlast_img read more

Frank Nelson confirms Hearts appeal

first_imgBoard member of Hearts of Oak, Frank Nelson has confirmed the club has used their option of appealing against the ban given to them by the Disciplinary Committee of the football association.The Phobians have been handed a three match empty stadium ban as well as seeing two officials of the club being banned from all football related activities.Nelson has admitted the supporters were wrong in their acts but has pleaded with the disciplinary committee to tamper justice with mercy.“We had 72 hours to appeal which happens to be from Thursday to Tuesday and we have shown respect by allowing our two gentlemen concede and plead guilty and Accra Hearts of Oak we equally came out officially to rebuke our supporters that we do not accept the act of violence because we all know the history of violence in this country,” he told Joy Sports“The authorities need to look at it and find a way to resolve this issues.”“We don’t say we don’t deserve to be punish because we have accepted that we have committed an offence but again let look at it and see the way it will be moderate because you can’t play Accra Hearts of Oak in an empty stadium for three matches.”  “So we appealing to the disciplinary committee to tamper justice with mercy.”Hearts will be hoping for a favorable response before they host Hasaacas at the Accra Sports stadium next week. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe takes yellow jersey after storming to stage three win

first_img2014 – Julian Alaphilippe is the first French rider to hold the yellow jersey of the Tour de France since Tony Gallopin on 14th July 2014. Champagne. #TDF2019— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 8, 2019Alaphilippe now leads the general classification by 20 seconds, with Wout van Aert in second and previous leader Teunissen — who led by 10 seconds following Jumbo-Visma’s victory in the team time trial in stage two — slipping over four minutes off the pace.Defending champion and Team INEOS co-leader Geraint Thomas sits seventh in the GC, having finished 13th in the stage and lost 15 seconds.Thomas’ teammate Egan Bernal finished five seconds ahead after getting on the right side of a gap in the peloton across the finish line, while Tim Wellens took the King of the Mountains jersey.Julian Alaphilippe, a happy man! @alafpolak1, un homme heureux !  #TDF2019— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 8, 2019ALAPHILIPPE’S SOLO RUN UNPLANNEDAlaphilippe started his attack with 16km remaining, going past Wellens, who had to stop to fix a flat tire, after they crested the Cote de MutignyHowever, the Frenchman revealed he did not plan to go it alone in the closing stages.”I’m speechless. I don’t realize what’s happening to me,” he said. “I knew this stage suited me. I managed to avoid any pitfalls and crashes.”I felt good so I accelerated in the Mutigny climb, but I didn’t think I’d go alone. I gave everything. I heard I was 30 or 40 seconds ahead. It’s difficult to meet the expectations being the favorite but I made it.”STAGE RESULT1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 4:40:292. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +0:263. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) +0:264. Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) +0:265. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:26CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS   General Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 9:32:192. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +0:203. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +0:25Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 762. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) 593. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 54King of the Mountains Tour de France 2019: Everything you need to know Tour de France 2019 by the numbers Alaphilippe’s win came in dramatic fashion at the end of the 215-kilometer ride from Binche to Epernay that concluded with a series of hills.The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider went clear after the ascent of Cote de Mutigny, holding off the peloton over the final 15km to go over the line 26 seconds clear of Michael Matthews. Related Newscenter_img 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 72. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) 33. Greg van Avermaet (CCC) 2WHAT’S NEXT?A flat route comes up in stage four — a 213.5km ride from Reims to Nancy. There are two small peaks in the form of the Cote de Rosieres and Cote de Maron. Julian Alaphilippe claimed the yellow jersey from Mike Teunissen after a late solo charge saw him win stage three of the Tour de France.In the first stage of this year’s tour to be finish in France following the Grand Depart in Belgium, Alaphilippe on Monday became the first French rider to secure the yellow jersey since Tony Gallopin in 2014.last_img read more