Julian Alaphilippe won the Flèche Wallonne for the third time on Wednesday. The Frenchman beat Primoz Roglic in the last few meters of the legendary Huy wall.
A victory as a boss. A perfect answer to those who thought it a little less well in recent weeks. An authoritarian success, with the added bonus of the world champion’s jersey on the shoulders. By toasting Primoz Roglic in the last meters of the terrible wall of Huy, Julian Alaphilippe won the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. This is his third victory in the Ardennes classic, after 2018 and 2019.
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Three French in the Top 10
The 28-year-old Frenchman, well placed throughout the race by his Deceuninck – Quick Step team, succeeds the Swiss Marc Hirschi in the list. The podium is completed by Slovenian Primoz Roglic and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. Two other French people are in the top 10: Warren Barguil (5th) and David Gaudu (7th). “I showed that I had a tough head. I was keen to raise my arms on such a hard race. I wanted to win back, I’m glad I got there. The team made a big job “, welcomed the winner of the day at the microphone of Eurosport.
At the heart of the strongest percentages of the wall of Huy, a brutal climb of 1,300 meters at almost 10% slope, Alaphilippe was able to counter and respond perfectly to the attack of Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). “Julian was the strongest, well done to him, he’s a great puncher,” admitted the last winner of the Vuelta. He will try to take his revenge from Sunday on Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The UAE Emirates team of Tadej Pogacar and Marc Hirschi, for its part, was forced to forfeit because of a positive result for two of its members during a coronavirus test carried out on Monday. She could not leave despite negative results on further tests afterwards.
Earlier today, the women’s edition was won by Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx), for the seventh time in a row. At 31, the world champion beat Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma in a two-man sprint. Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini took third place.