Alaphilippe ‘raced like there was no tomorrow’ for Tour de France lead

Alaphilippe ‘raced like there was no tomorrow’ for Tour de France lead



When Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and his teammates held their pre-stage meeting on Saturday morning in Brest, the reigning World Champion later said he had outlined a simple but devastatingly effective strategy for the 2021 Tour de France‘s first day of racing: “I told them” Alaphilippe said, “I would be racing like there was no tomorrow.”

Nearly five hours later, Alaphilippe’s spectacular solo triumph at the summit of the Fosse aux Loups climb provided complete justification for a tactic that owed much more to the Classics than stage racing – but which paid off in full for the French star.



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