Alaphilippe : "It’s the kind of day that usually gets me very quickly pissed off, so I'm very happy"

April 24 th 2019 - 17:41

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), winner of La Flèche Wallonne: “Last year, it was my first big victory, ahead of a huge champion, it was a very special win that I’ll never forget. Now I’ve confirmed it’s one of the races that suit me the most. I felt strong expectations after my victory last year and with the fact that I’ve always been on the podium since the first time I came here. I tried to get away from the pressure after my good run early this season, to only focus on what I and the team had to do. It was harder than last year. It’s the kind of day that usually gets me very quickly pissed off, so I'm very happy. With the wind, it was very nervous from the start, it was mentally exhausting. On the final circuit, a rider in front of me did a bit of non-sense and he broke three wires on my wheel so I had to stop to change my bike and we were close to the finish… But we’ve done it all perfect with the team. I’m very happy.”

La Flèche Wallonne 2019 - 24/04/2019 - Ans / Huy (195km) - Belgique - Julian ALAPHILIPPE (DECEUNINCK - QUICK STEP)
La Flèche Wallonne 2019 - 24/04/2019 - Ans / Huy (195km) - Belgique - Julian ALAPHILIPPE (DECEUNINCK - QUICK STEP) © ASO/Gautier DEMOUVEAUX

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