Alaphilippe: I raised the bar, but now it goes back to zero

Julian Alaphilippe wears the new Deceuninck-Quick-Step jersey

There's an old maxim in football that says if you go a goal up early on, you should pretend it's still nil-nil and try to continue playing with the mindset with which you started the game. Julian Alaphilippe seems to be tapping into that as he reflects on a breakthrough 2018 season and prepares to try and back it up in 2019. "Looking in the rearview mirror, let's say I raised the bar," Alaphilippe said in an interview at Deceunicnk-QuickStep 's team presentation in Calpe this week, before later adding: "Now the meter goes back to zero." Alaphilippe has been destined for big things ever since bursting onto the scene with podiums at La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2015, his second season as a professional. Yet, despite winning the Tour of California in 2016 and a stage at the Vuelta a España in 2017, the Frenchman hadn't quite done ...

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