Julian Alaphilippe takes stage one victory and overall lead at Tour of the Basque Country 2018

The Frenchman beat Primoz Roglic to the line after the pair had broken clear on the final climb

Julian Alaphilippe beats Primoz Roglic to win stage one of the 2018 Tour of the Basque Country (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won the opening stage of the 2018 Tour of the Basque Country in a two-man sprint ahead of Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Alaphilippe started his sprint early but managed to hold on for victory, continuing Quick-Step Floors’ current hot streak.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.