Julian Alaphilippe: I’m not the number one favourite for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Julian Alaphilippe: I’m not the number one favourite for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad



It never hurts to have a bit of local knowledge. When Julian Alaphilippe performed his lone reconnaissance of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad finale on Thursday afternoon, he heeded the advice of his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates to pause atop the Muur van Geraardsbergen to sample the area’s delicacy, the mattentaart. “It gave me a little taste of the atmosphere of the Classics,” Alaphilippe told reporters via video call on Friday afternoon.

A little taste is all Alaphilippe has ever had of the cobbled Classics to this point, but the painfully abrupt ending to his Tour of Flanders debut last October has done nothing to diminish the world champion’s appetite for the narrow roads of the Flemish Ardennes.



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