Julian Alaphilippe takes victory in fast and dusty Strade Bianche 2019

The Frenchman shone through on his first time on the white roads

Julian Alaphilippe wins the 2019 edition of Strade Bianche (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

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Julian Alaphilippe proved his class as he took victory in the 2019 Strade Bianche at his first attempt.

The Frenchman held his place as the race split to pieces and followed the decisive move over the Tuscan gravel on a warm and dusty day of racing.

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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.