Less than a month from the Tour de France, the 1er on July 23, this victory feels good. Monday June 5, Julian Alaphilippe offered himself, in the sprint, the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, at La Chaise-Dieu (Haute-Loire).
The former double world champion appeared at the last moment to take away his second victory of the season at the end of a last straight line on a false rising flat. The Soudal-Quick Step runner is ahead of Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) and Ethiopian Natnael Tesfatsion (Trek-Segafredo).
Winner of the inaugural stage, SundayChristophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma), 4e of the day, retains the leader’s yellow jersey.
“The last few months have been long”
Recent times have been difficult for Julian Alaphilippe, who has multiplied falls and illnesses, under the increasingly critical gaze of his boss, Patrick Lefevere.
“The last few months have been long but I have been able to remain patient and work hard. Then you have to win. It’s done and it feels good”admitted the 30-year-old runner, after his success.
“Of course I had my doubts. But I knew how to question myself and I never stopped believing in it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have won today. It shows that I have a hard head”added the puncher, who was betting on this Dauphiné to start a virtuous circle for the Tour de France where he should be the leader of his team.
Asked whether his victory announced a radiant month of July, he however temporized: ” I hope. We can’t predict anything. I’ve gotten used to adapting over the past few months. »
The World with AFP