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Alaphilippe broke his drought – secured the Grand Tour triple


Julian Alaphilippe (th) won Thursday’s stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Marco Alpozzi / LaPresse / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 16.05.2024 17:00:06

Sport: – It is a kind of resurrection. It’s one of the rawest breakup triumphs I’ve seen in many, many years. Julian Alaphilippe is back, said Theis Magelssen on Eurosport’s broadcast.

The Frenchman has been active so far in this year’s race and caught Mirco Maestri in a breach on the stage from Martinsicuro to Fano. The duo held off a larger group that came chasing behind, and with just over eleven kilometers to go, Alaphilippe ran away from his breakaway mate.

He held on, making him the 109th rider to take stage wins in all three Grand Tour races.

The 31-year-old already has one stage win in the Vuelta a España (2017) and six in the Tour de France.

Alaphilippe charmed the cycling world with impressive performances in the Tour de France in 2018 and 2019, and he followed up with, among other things, road world championship titles in both 2020 and 2021. Since then, it has become a long way between the top positions.

His previous victory came in the Critérium du Dauphiné on June 5 last year, but almost a full year later he stepped up to the top of the podium again.

– I get a bit of a comeback feeling about it, said Aimar Niedzwiedzki on Eurosport’s broadcast.

The combined guns took it easy on Thursday’s stage, and Tadej Pogacar is still the man in the pink jersey.

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