‘Pray for me’ jokes Julian Alaphilippe ahead of opening Vuelta a España stage

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl targeting opening day success in team time trial

Julian Alaphilippe
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Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel were in a relaxed mood at the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl pre Vuelta a España press conference this afternoon. 

After a season filled with injury and illness, Alaphilippe's comeback will see him target stage wins at the Spanish Grand Tour whereas Evenepoel is the Belgian team's protected rider in the general classification battle. 

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