Former Fleche Wallonne winner Gilbert pays tribute to teammate Alaphilippe

Philippe Gilbert speaks to the press ahead of Fleche Wallonne 2018

Hugs, high-fives and huge grins were the order of the day for Julian Alaphilippe 's teammates after the Quick-Step Floors racer took a breakthrough win in La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. Amongst them, former winner Philippe Gilbert, as the team's road captain, was only too happy to pay tribute to the young Frenchman. "We really believed in Alaphilippe and we were in a great position at the foot of the climb," Gilbert, himself 24th, told the Belgian press as he wheeled to a halt after the finish line, "and then he's done the rest of it. "It really hotted up on the laps round Huy, but we were always on the front and in the thick of it, and that allowed us to keep Julian calm and wear down Movistar's strength, too." The first key moment, Gilbert said, came when a group of two dozen riders broke away, including Vincenzo ...

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