World Champion Julian Alaphilippe Wins Flèche Wallonne

World Champion Julian Alaphilippe Wins Flèche Wallonne

Deceuninck – Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team (Belgium) - Press Release: For the third time in his career, the Frenchman reigned supreme at the top of the Mur de Huy.

Julian Alaphilippe got his third victory in the rainbow jersey, and his biggest since becoming World Champion, after one of the best and most thrilling finishes in Flèche Wallonne history. In doing so, the 28-year-old became one of the few riders in history, and the first since 2010, to win the Belgian Classic with the iconic arc-en-ciel jersey on his shoulders.

On the menu of Wednesday’s 85th edition: 193.6 kilometers, almost 3000 vertical meters and twelve climbs, one more than last year. As usual, the Mur de Huy was the main attraction of the race, featuring three times on the course that this year saw the start return to Charleroi. Soon after the field left behind the neutral zone, attacks began coming, but it took nearly one hour for a breakaway to form, and when this happened, eight riders were at the front, with an advantage that at its height reached five minutes.

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images.

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