Julian Alaphilippe plays down Ardennes Classics breakthrough

Despite two runners-up spots at Flèche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe says his performances weren't exceptional

Julian Alaphilippe and Bernard Hinault at the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

With two second-place finishes, Julian Alaphilippe was one of the standout performers of the Ardennes Classics, but the 22-year-old is playing down his performances.

The Frenchman, the latest prodigy off the Etixx-Quick-Step production line, was runner-up to Alejandro Valverde at both Flèche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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