Milano-Sanremo - Julian Alaphilippe: At the finish everybody was crying
Mar 24 2019 03:52 am CET

Milano-Sanremo - Julian Alaphilippe: At the finish everybody was crying
Milano-Sanremo - Julian Alaphilippe: At the finish everybody was crying
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken his first victory in a Monument race at Milano-Sanremo, continuing an impressive start of the 2019 season.

The Frenchman was the fastest of the reduced group and took his seventh victory of the season. "It's very difficult to realise what I achieved today together with this amazing team!" he commented. "There was pressure on me, but I knew the form was there and together with my Wolfpack teammates I did a perfect race.

"Tim (Declercq) pulled the entire day and then, on the Poggio, we tried to make the race very hard with Philippe (Gilbert) and Styby (Zdenek Stybar), and afterwards I attacked as late as possible to forge a selection. On the downhill I tried to recover and remain focused, then in the last two kilometres I said that I want to win, and after closing the gap to Trentin, I continued to remain attentive, so when Mohoric went with 600 meters to go I said to myself it's now or never. It's unbelievable."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step did an outstanding job pulling and protecting the rider, which made it another special win for the team. "I am so, so proud of my team!," said Alaphilippe. "Tim controlled the escapees since the start of the day, while Yves (Lampaert), Styby and Philippe protected and brought me into position on the Poggio. Before the race, I asked them to make sure I was fifth wheel tops at the foot of the climb and they took care of it.

"At the finish, everybody was crying and I was so happy and delighted to be able to share this memorable moment of immense joy with them."




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