Julian Alaphilippe writes history at Itzulia

Julian Alaphilippe writes history at Itzulia

Julian Alaphilippe took a crushing sprint victory on the uphill finish in Viana, after a mammoth lead-out of Remco Evenepoel in the closing kilometer of the race’s longest stage. The rainbow jersey, who returned to racing this week after a bout of illness forced him to skip Milano-Sanremo, benefited from his teammate’s stratospheric effort, waiting for the last 150 meters to kick out and produce a devastating acceleration that netted his first win of the year.

The rolling 207.8km day that started from Leitza – a small town located in Navarre – was animated by a breakaway who forced the peloton to work hard in order to reel them in, the last member of the four-man move being overhauled only 400 meters from the line, thanks to the huge work of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl boys.

By powering to the line and putting several bike lengths between him and his opponents, Alaphilippe became the first ever Road World Champion to nab a win at the Itzulia, a race where he has tasted success also in 2018 and 2019.

“I like racing in the Basque Country. The amazing fans and the hard course make for a great race every time, these being just some of the reasons that made me happy to return here after three years. I didn’t have the best start to the season, but I came with a lot of motivation at the start and this victory gives me a lot of satisfaction.”

“The team was incredible today, they all did a perfect job keeping me protected the entire day and chasing down the attackers. Then Remco was perfect, pushing a huge tempo in the final kilometer and leaving me ideally placed at the right moment on this technical finale. My goal here was to take a win and now that I did it, I will try to return the favour to Remco and help him in the next stages”, said Julian – the ninth different Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider to pick up a victory this season.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:04:35
2 Fabien Doubey
TotalEnergies
0:00
3 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
4 Hugo Houle
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
5 Orluis Aular Sanabria
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
6 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:00
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
8 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
9 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
10 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Soudal
0:00
65 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
68 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
75 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
150 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:48
1 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
5:14:23
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:05
3 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:16
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:18
5 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:18
6 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:18
7 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
0:20
9 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Jumbo-Visma
0:20
10 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
16 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:26
20 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:30
30 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:34
149 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:41
1 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
28 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
27 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
25 pt
4 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
5 Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
20 pt
6 Fabien Doubey
TotalEnergies
20 pt
7 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
8 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
16 pt
9 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
14 pt
10 Hugo Houle
Israel - Premier Tech
14 pt
30 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Ibon Ruiz Sedano
Equipo Kern Pharma
11 pt
2 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
9 pt
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
4 Ibai Azurmendi Sagastibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 pt
5 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
2 pt
6 Julen Amezqueta Moreno
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
2 pt
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:14:28
2 Ben Tulett
INEOS Grenadiers
0:16
3 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:25
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:33
5 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:35
6 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
0:35
7 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
0:36
8 Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:37
9 Paul Lapeira
AG2R Citroën Team
0:38
10 Leon Heinschke
Team DSM
0:39
1 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 15:43:56
2 Jumbo-Visma 0:06
3 INEOS Grenadiers 0:10
4 Groupama - FDJ 0:32
5 Movistar Team 0:38
6 TotalEnergies 0:40
7 BORA - hansgrohe 0:47
8 AG2R Citroën Team 0:59
9 EF Education-EasyPost 1:00
10 UAE Team Emirates 1:03

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