Sweet revenge for Julian Alaphilippe in Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Apr 02 2018 09:29 pm CET

Sweet revenge for Julian Alaphilippe in Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Sweet revenge for Julian Alaphilippe in Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe has managed to win the opening stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, a stage that slipped through his hands one year ago.

In 2017, a late attack had given the Frenchman the lead at the opening stage of the race. But the expectations of taking the victory were interrupted by a late puncture. One year later, the rider took revenge and this time a late attack gave him the victory of the stage.

"I am very happy, especially as I got sick after Milano-Sanremo and had to rest before returning to training," said Alaphilippe. "I was very motivated after this small setback, so I worked hard to be back at my best. The plan was to take a stage here and even though we did a recon of the final climb yesterday and on paper it suited me, I didn’t know how my legs would react following that break.

"I was focused, smart and strong, I worked well together with Roglic, who too was very strong, and in the end, I bided my time before powering to this nice win. A big thanks to my team for protecting me today and to the amazing crowds, who cheered for us before the start and at the finish."

With this victory, Alaphilippe completed the 22nd victory of the season for Quick-Step Floors and becomes the first French rider to wear the leader's jersey of the race since 1999, when Laurent Jalabert won the Spanish event.




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