Strade Bianche - Julian Alaphilippe: I had a good day and strong legs
Mar 10 2019 03:16 am CET

Strade Bianche - Julian Alaphilippe: I had a good day and strong legs
Strade Bianche - Julian Alaphilippe: I had a good day and strong legs
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe has become the first Frenchman to win Strade Bianche. This is the fourth win of the season for the rider.

Alaphilippe took his fourth victory of the season, after winning stages at the Vuelta a San Juan and the Tour Colombia, at his first appearance in the Italian one-day race. "My start to the season was already good, with three victories in South America, but to win here is incredible!" he commented.

"My team did a great job and having Yves (Lampaert) and Zdenek (Stybar) together with me in the final was perfect for us. I had a good day and strong legs but was also lucky not to have any crashes or punctures. Strade Bianche was my first big goal of the year, and to win here, at my very first presence, is truly amazing."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step was once again dominating at the race and placed three riders at the final front group, which gave Alaphilippe an advantage. "In every race, others are looking at us to take the responsibility, and that's what we did today," he explained.

"We were with three riders in the main selection, controlled every move and did a really smart race in all the key moments. When Fuglsang went, I knew that it might be the winning move. He was very strong today, but I made no mistakes and remained confident, although it wasn't until the final corner that I believed I could win this race, in my opinion, one of the toughest of the calendar. It's a wonderful victory, one which makes me extremely happy and boosts my confidence ahead of Tirreno-Adriatico."




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