Julian Alaphilippe on Strade Bianche win: 'I was lucky and I played smart with my rivals'

A canny performance from the Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider took him to the top spot in Italy

Julian Alaphilippe wins Strade Bianche at his first attempt (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Julian Alaphilippe played with his rivals to ride to Strade Bianche victory on Saturday (March 9).

Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) celebrated his first WorldTour win of the season in Siena ahead of Jakob Fuglsang ( Astana) in second and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in third.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.