Julian Alaphilippe conquers Fleche Wallonne for the second time in a row
Apr 24 2019 10:28 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe conquers Fleche Wallonne for the second time in a row
Julian Alaphilippe conquers Fleche Wallonne for the second time in a row
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Sigrid Eggers | Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe has taken the victory of La Fleche Wallonne. The rider followed Jakob Fuglsang's last-kilometre attack and a final move gave him the win of the race.

The Ardennes classic was 195 kilometes long, featured eleven climbs and included three ascents of the famous Mur de Huy. Three riders escaped in the first kilometres of the race: CCC Team's Joey Rosskopf, Rally UHC Cycling's Robin Carpenter and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise's Kenneth Van Rooy.

Kilometres later, the three front men were joined by Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) and Tom Wirgten (Wallonie Bruxelles). This group got a gap of more than five minutes with a peloton pulled by Deceuninck-Quick-Step and that suffered some cuts due to crosswinds.

The last of the escapees to resist the rhythm was Rosskopf and he was caught by a reduced pack with 28 kilometres to go. Seven kilometers later, Lotto Soudal's Tomasz Marczynski attacked and managed to open a considerable gap with the rest.

At nine kilometres from the finish line, Bahrain-Merida's Matej Mohoric joined the Polish rider in front but the rhythm set in the group by Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) meant that their adventure was finishing soon.

Astana's Jakob Fuglsang was the first rider to make a move in the last kilometre and he was followed by Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman showed to have the better legs and overtook the Dane in the last metres, which gave him the victory of the race while UAE-Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi crossed the finish line in the third place.

Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) and Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) completed the top five of the race. This is the second time in a row that Alaphilippe wins La Fleche Wallonne.






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