Itzulia - Julian Alaphilippe: My goal was to take a stage win
Apr 10 2019 04:26 am CET

Itzulia - Julian Alaphilippe: My goal was to take a stage win
Itzulia - Julian Alaphilippe: My goal was to take a stage win
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Julian Alaphilippe has shown once more the good shape that he is enjoying in the season. The rider of Quick-Step-Floors launched a last-metres attack and took the victory of the second stage at Itzulia-Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

The rider took a rest after winning Milano-Sanremo and in his second day of the race, he could show that his condition keeps the same. "I didn't know how things will go after the break I took following my Milano-Sanremo victory, but the legs felt good and I was very motivated to get the win," the Frenchman commented.

"The day was a very fast and nervous one, despite being short, due to the presence of those unpaved segments, but we managed the situation perfectly and I could rely on a strong squad, which kept me near the front at all times, so a big thank you goes to them for their valuable help."

The rider arrived with the main group to the last kilometres of the race, that featured a climb that reached the 8% of inclination, and launched an attack in the last 200 metres, outsprinting Bjorg Lambrecht and Michal Kwiatkowski, which made him climb to the second spot of the general classification.

"The finish suited me and I was well-positioned going into the closing kilometre," Alaphilippe explained. "With 200 meters left, I saw an opening and kicked out, and that proved to be the right moment. I am really glad that I could take the victory. My goal at the start of this week was to take a stage win, and now that I have done that, I'll just take it day by day and see how things go, especially as the general classification isn't an objective."




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