Julian Alaphilippe relieved to take first win of the season at Tour of the Basque Country

The Frenchman was unchallenged after the peloton caught the final escapee in the final 500m

Julian Alaphilippe
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Julian Alaphilippe described himself as "super-happy" after claiming his maiden win of the season on stage two of the Tour of the Basque Country.

It looked as if the breakaway rider Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma) was going to take a memorable victory after being out front all day alongside three others, but the peloton caught the Spaniard inside the final 500m, paving the way for Alaphilippe to win after a "perfect" leadout from Remco Evenepoel.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.