Julian Alaphilippe clinched his first victory of the season this Thursday by winning the second stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. In front of Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, and Tadej Pogacar, please.
The counter is unlocked. Several times well classified, but never a winner, Julian Alaphilippe finally raised his arms on a finish line this year. Engaged in Tirreno-Adriatico, with his beautiful world champion jersey, the Frenchman won the second stage on Thursday between Camaiore and Chiusdino.
Present at the forefront, the runner of the Deuninck-Quick Step made his punch speak in the last hectometers to swallow his teammate Joao Almeida and win ahead of Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert, and Tadej Pogacar, in other words the crème de la crème, which makes its success even more prestigious.
In good shape a few days from Milan-San Remo
“I didn’t really hesitate, it was a perfect situation for us with Almeida, reacted Alaphilippe hot. I was focused on what was happening around me. It’s always a special feeling to win, this victory does a lot of good. “
Since the start of the season, Alaphilippe had taken 2nd place overall in the Tour de la Provence (finishing 3rd in the 3rd stage), and 2nd place in the Strade Bianche, only beaten by Van der Poel. This time he was the strongest. Auspicious a few days from Milan-San Remo (March 20), the first “Monument” of the year 2021.