The heat was invited this Wednesday on AT Through Flanders (1.UWT). The twenty degrees or so had a big impact on the course of the race. “We really felt the heat, it was the first of the season. It had an effect on the peloton. I blew up the mill in a hill. I got hot. I didn’t feel very well on the cobblestone mountains, after that it was a long moment of suffering until the line ”, said Julian Alaphilippe on arrival. In the mixed zone, he was keen to salute the winner of the day, the Dutchman Dylan van Baarle, who left alone 52 kilometers from the finish. “He was very strong. Hat”, greeted the athlete who arrived at 26 ” from the INEOS Grenadiers rider (see ranking).
The WorldTour event marked the return of the World Champion to Belgium after the Italian block: Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo. “In recent days, I have tried to recover as much as possible from Italian races, he admits. I was really tired, I needed some time to feel a little better. The form was not incredible when I returned to training ”.
So he started from the city of Roeselare “Stress-free and pressure-free”. Even if he was mainly there to see where he was four days before the Tour of Flanders, Julian Alaphilippe could not resist placing an acceleration in the Knokteberg, in the third curtain of the race. “This day will do me good. My race is pretty good even though I didn’t do much. It was a fast race. I hope to have better feelings on Sunday. I can not wait to be there”.
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