Alaphilippe: "This race is very special for me"

The Frenchman, who won for the second year in a row in the Flecha Valona, was satisfied, although he regretted what happened at the Amstel.

The Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quick Step) celebrated his second consecutive victory at the Wall of Huy, goal of the Wall Street Arrow, a "very special race" for the leader of the Deceuninck Quick Step, winner this season of the classic Strade Bianche and Milan San Remo.

"This race is very special for me and I am very proud to repeat the triumph of last year, I won many races this year, but in the Flecha Valona I wanted to do something important and what I achieved. very happy, "said Alaphilippe at Huy's goal. The key to the race was on the steepest slopes of Huy's Wall, where Alaphilippe arrived well placed and responsive to answer the attack of the Danish Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), second classified.

"We all knew the final climb and there is key to arrive well placed for the moments of the attacks, I was in the right place, very well helped by my team, which has made a fantastic race and I have to thank all the comrades. definitive attack ". Alaphilippe paid "homage" to Fuglsang, with whom he maintained an impressive duel in the last meters, and underlined the work of his teammates, especially the Belgian Devenyns and the Spaniard Enric Mas.

"They were fundamental. , especially Dries Devenyns and Mas. I had to change my bike in a couple of years and everyone worked very hard to re-enter the group The winner also showed his disappointment for not having won the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, when it seemed that he had everything in his favor and was surprised by the Dutch Van der Poel.

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