Julian Alaphilippe says Wout van Aert 'deserved the victory' at Milan - San Remo 2020

The Frenchman says he has mixed feeling after finishing runner-up at the race he won last year

Julian Alaphilippe and Wout van Aert at Milan - San Remo 2020 (Luca Bettini/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe says Wout van Aert deserved the Milan - San Remo victory after beating him in the two-up sprint to decide the first Monument of the season.

The Frenchman had attacked on the Poggio and only the Strade Bianche 2020 winner was able to follow, catching up to the defending champion on the downhill and working together to keep their chasers at bay, deciding to let the faster sprinter take the glory.

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