Alaphilippe wins Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2019 Strade Bianche ahead of Jakob Fuglsang

Julian Alaphilippe added to his rapidly growing palmarès and Deceuninck-QuickStep ’s Classics dominance with victory at the 2019 Strade Bianche . The Frenchman - who won La Flèche Wallonne, the Clásica San Sebastián, and two stages of the Tour de France last year - got the better of Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in a dramatic tussle up the Via Santa Catarina and down into the Piazza del Campo in Siena. The duo emerged at the head of the race as the short-but-steep final three sectors of strade bianche - the eponymous Tuscan gravel tracks that charaterise the Italian race - split the elite lead group that formed on the longer earlier sectors. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was with them initially and, after being dropped on the 10th of the 11 sectors and spending half an hour on his own, dramatically made his way back for the final kilometre as they began ...

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