Julian Alaphilippe: 'The big goal has always been Liège-Bastogne-Liège'

The Frenchman may seem sick of Zoom calls, but one thing he's not tired of is that winning feeling

Julian Alaphilippe at Flèche Wallonne 2021 (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

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The last time Julian Alaphilippe held court with the media in person, without Covid restrictions or via a webcam, was in January last year - a lifetime ago.

He was buoyant, chatting about the collection of toy lions from the Tour de France he'd picked up and distributed amongst colleagues and friends, providing self-deprecating replies to questions probing whether he truly believed he could have taken the yellow jersey to Paris that year. Alaphilippe's 2019 was a season that most riders could hardly dream of, and the Deceuninck - Quick-Step man was pretty sure it would be impossible for 2020 to be better.

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