Alaphilippe back to winning ways on first road stage of Tour of the Basque Country

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep)

Deceuninck-QuickStep 's Julian Alaphilippe wasted no time in getting back to winning ways on stage 2 of the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday, taking victory on the race's first road stage, having finished fourth on Monday's opening time trial stage. The stage victory in Gorraiz moved Alaphilippe up to second overall, five seconds behind race leader and winner of the first stage, Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), although the 26-year-old Frenchman was keen to stress that targeting the overall was never a goal for this week. "The finish suited me, and I was well-positioned going into the closing kilometre," Alaphilippe said on the Deceuninck-QuickStep website. "With 200 metres left, I saw an opening and kicked out, and that proved to be the right moment. I'm really glad that I could take the victory. My goal at the start of this week was to take a stage win, and now that ...

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