Julian Alaphilippe solos to heroic defence in men's 2021 World Championships road race

The French icon launched a trio of blistering attacks in the final 20km to crack his rivals

Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2021 Road World Championships
Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2021 Road World Championships
(Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe put in superhuman ride on the roads of Flanders to defend his World Championships road race title.

The Frenchman put in three unmatchable attacks in the closing 20km of the elite men's road race on Sunday (September 26) after a brutal 200km of racing, riding Alaphilippe solo to take his second consecutive world title.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.