Fleche Wallonne - Julian Alaphilippe: This is a huge motivation for Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 25 2019 01:39 am CET

Fleche Wallonne - Julian Alaphilippe: This is a huge motivation for Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Fleche Wallonne - Julian Alaphilippe: This is a huge motivation for Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Julian Alaphilippe has taken his second victory in a row in La Fleche Wallonne. The rider of Deceuninck-Quick-Step continues a successful season like this.

The Frenchman has already taken the win in other one-day races this season. The winner of Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo showed to be the strongest rider at the last ascent of the Mur de Huy, beating the competition to cross the line in the first position for the second year in a row.

"Last year, I notched up my first big victory here, so being able to repeat that success gives me a lot of joy, but it tastes differently because this edition was far more difficult," Alaphilippe commented.

"I am extremely proud of our team, who rode a perfect race, protected me from kilometre zero, chased down all the moves and always kept me in position. Being able to repay their hard work makes me very happy."

The rider and his team managed to control the pace and repel all the attacks to start the last climb in a good position. "I can't say there was any pressure on me today, but what's certain is that all eyes were on me, and you could see several attempts coming from riders who tried to go clear before the Mur de Huy, but my team did a splendid job and controlled everything", he explained.

"The final 300 meters of the race were really hard, due to the headwind on the Mur, but I left it late and timed my acceleration perfectly. As I said, it was tough, and that's why this victory gives me not just great satisfaction, but also a huge motivation for Liège-Bastogne-Liège."




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