Alaphilippe's double defeat

The world champion is a friend of theatricality in his career, in the deep-rooted French school of Richard Virenque and Thomas Voeckler, and this time it brought him fatal consequences ...

Alaphilippe's-double-defeat

Julian Alaphilippe, who wore his rainbow jersey, lost the Liège-Bastogne-Liège twice yesterday, the oldest classic on the calendar. The first of them, with a certain blush, when he raised his arms before time to celebrate the victory and Primoz Roglic slipped through the right, in a photograph of 'earth, swallow me'. Óscar Freire thus won the Milan-San Remo from Erik Zabel in 2004 and a stage from the Tirreno-Adriatico to Mario Cipollini in 2003. The blunder is repeated with some insistence in the professional peloton. The second of them, although earlier in the chronology of the events, when he lurched to the left in the middle of a sprint that invaded the trajectory of Marc Hirschi, who in turn took one foot off the pedal and almost caused an accident. The judges disqualified the Frenchman, who moved to fifth place in the front group. Thus, Alaphilippe went from savoring success in a Monument, to not even getting on the podium. The world champion is a friend of theatricality in his career, in the deep-rooted French school of Richard Virenque and Thomas Voeckler, and this time it brought him fatal and grotesque consequences.

Alaphilippe's mistakes served, at least, to mend Roglic's path, which was twisted two weeks ago with a painful loss on the Tour. It is not the same, but something compensates. Liège is a great classic. The Slovenian shared the podium with Hirschi and his executioner at the time, Tadej Pogacar, which reconfirms the good background and the pedal stroke that the French round has left in its participants. After the coronation in Paris, Alaphilippe won the World Cup, Hirschi won the Walloon Arrow and now Roglic won the Dean. It also opens a space for reflection. As the calendar has been concentrated in three months due to the virus, there are more direct confrontations between the roosters and a greater spectacle than in a traditional season. You always have to look on the bright side. And take note.



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