World cycling championships, Alaphilippe’s triumphal second. Belgium disappoints, nothing for the Italians to do

World cycling championships, Alaphilippe’s triumphal second. Belgium disappoints, nothing for the Italians to do
World cycling championships, Alaphilippe’s triumphal second. Belgium disappoints, nothing for the Italians to do

The strongest won. It is the simplest explanation to associate with Julian Alaphilippe’s second consecutive World Cup triumph after last year’s one in Imola. A race that looked like a classic: two different circuits, one to be repeated six times, another two. But what matters, 42 walls spread over 268 km: Alaphilippe gave more than one shock, the decisive one on the Sant’Antonio climb. He made a void, while the beautiful Marion Rousse, his wife (former cyclist) rejoiced by reporting for French television. Silver medal for Holland thanks to van Baarle, bronze for Denmark with Valgren. It goes without saying that the big disappointed are the hosts of Belgium. Everyone was waiting for van Aert. He did not make it, the best among the hosts was Styuven, but he lost the sprint to four for the podium. Italy did not record. The Azzurri did their best, they also had a bit of bad luck – a fall slowed down the level of Trentin and Ballerini – they hoped when the three of them entered the decisive breakaway. But on balance, Davide Cassani’s last in the role of coach was not very good. “We slept a bit at the beginning, too bad for the fall of Ballerini and Trentin who were important in the final. They put us in the grip and unfortunately other riders left. Thanks to my teammates, we did our best, but that’s how it went “, said Colbrelli, first of the Azzurri with his tenth place. Colbrelli
“It was very hard, fought from the start, with insane speed, sprint against sprint, nervousness”.

van Aert the great loser

However, apart from the Azzurri, the great losers are the Belgians. The last victory in a home world championship remains that of Renaix in 1963, the betrayal of Benoni Beheyt, who dared to challenge the announced victory of van Looy and in fact that paid him with a career that suddenly became blocked. Yet the roosters in the Belgian chicken coop this time behaved like ‘brothers’. In particular, Remco Evenepoel has always been in every action, since the morning, throwing a lot of energy but making the others throw a lot too, blues not excluded and penalized by the aforementioned crash. In practice, with hindsight, such an Evenepoel would perhaps have done more than the van Aert seen today. But they are speeches that leave the time they find.

Alaphilippe’s scratch

Beautiful race, which apart from the usual unknown in the early stages, has always seen big names in important actions, even in the morning. The race, always tight, exploded about sixty km from the finish. Twenty remain in front: Italy (Colbrelli, the best with his tenth place, Nizzolo and Bagioli), Belgium and France in the have three, are in numerical superiority. France exploits it better: Alaf puts his own, giving wings when some wall arrives (in one Colbrelli follows him and perhaps makes a mistake), but in the decisive action Madouas escorts him just enough to increase the selection. The last 15 km are a ride, between unkind words from the Belgian public (the world champion reported), the disappointment of van Aert and the presumed happiness of the great rival van der Poel, far from the podium but among the first to compliment with the winner.Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman to score a double in a row at the World Cup, he does so in the 100th edition. Not bad. “It was very difficult, but it is a great emotion to wear the rainbow jersey again – he said -.” The desire to do well and to work brought me here. I knew I was fine and had worked well in the last few weeks. “

Order of arrival
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) in 5’h56 “34
2. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) a 32″
3. Michael Valgren (Den) st
4. Jasper Stuyven       (Bel)  st
5. Neilson Powless      (Usa)  st
6. Thomas Pidcock       (Gbr) a 49″
7. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) a 1’06 “
8. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) a 1’18”
9. Florian Senechal (Fra) st
10. Sonny Colbrelli      (ITA)  st
11. Wout van Aert (Bel) st
15. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) at 4’05 “

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