Alaphilippe: I made a good move at a good moment and, voila, I won Strade Bianche

09 March 2019 05:15
Julian Alaphilippe rode his dust-covered bike into the Strade Bianche post-race press conference on the third floor of a building overlooking the Piazza del Campo in Siena, buzzing with joy and satisfaction after winning the new Italian Classic on his debut on the dirt roads of Tuscany. The Frenchman and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team rode a perfect race, and he out-manoeuvred Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) over the top of the steep Via Santa Caterina climb to the centre of Siena, riding down into the crowd-packed Piazza del Campo to win as if he had just won the Palio horserace that also finishes in the spectacular central square. "I'm just so happy. It was my first big goal of the season," he explained. "Even if the start of the season was good already, to win Strade Bianche is incredible. I made no mistakes."ADVERTISEMENT Alaphilippe is now 26 and maturing year-on-year. In 2018 he had a breakthrough season, winning La Flèche Wallonne, two stages at the Tour de France and the polka-dot climber’s jersey, the Clásica San Sebastian, and the Tour of Britain. However, he came up short at the World Championships in Innsbruck, cracking on the final steep climb after being France’s protected team leader ahead of Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet. Alaphilippe needed a long winter of reflection to recover mentally from the huge disappointment. He and Deceuninck-QuickStep set some new goals for the spring to find new motivation, identifying Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo as two appetising and achievable targets. Alaphilippe raced the Vuelta a San Juan and the Colombia 2.1 race in February - winning two stages at the former and one at the latter - specifically to peak for these two weeks in March. He could also dominate the many steep finishes at next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico. A battle with Fuglsang You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News