Surprise Alaphilippe victory 'not planned' say Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Belgian team say strength in numbers helps them outfox rivals on the road

Julian Alaphilippe sprints to victory on stage six of the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Julian Alaphilippe's Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory was "not planned" on Monday in Jesi, but having the multiple options within Deceuninck-Quick-Step made it possible.

Alaphilippe appeared to be leading out team sprinter Elia Viviani, but surged ahead himself in the final uphill drag below central Italy's hilltop town.

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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.