Julian Alaphilippe wins elite men’s road world title: Daily News Digest

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Hello again, CyclingTips readers.

Sunday ended a great weekend at the 2020 UCI Road World Championships. Things may have been delayed a bit this year, but at the end of the day the course in Imola, Italy offered friendly action. climbers who were always expected for this year’s edition of the Worlds road race.

After Saturday’s elite women’s race a big star won her second road world title, Sunday’s elite men’s race saw a big star solo for his first.

Read on to find out more …

Dane Cash
News editor


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| Julian Alaphilippe wins his first road world title

Julian Alaphilippe won his first road world title on Sunday in the elite men’s race at the Imola Worlds.

The 28-year-old Frenchman launched a decisive attack in a selected leading group with around 15 kilometers to go in the upstroke. Although a very good selection of pursuers kept the gap under half a minute, they could not bring him back as he made his way to the finish line of Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Alaphilippe would reach the line with a comfortable 24 second advantage to secure his very first rainbow jersey. Wout van Aert led the pursuers to the finish line for second place honors with Marc Hirschi completing the podium in third.

“Right now it’s really hard to say something,” said an emotional Alaphilippe after his victory. “I want to say thank you to all my teammates who really believe in me today. Everyone did a great job. It was a dream of my career. Sometimes I was so close and I was never on the podium. Now I have come here with a lot of ambition and it is just a dream day for me.

The 258.2 kilometer race saw an early break create a decent advantage over the opening laps on the difficult 28 kilometer circuit, but there was little doubt that the movement would end up being delayed. It took several hours for the capture to be made, but the gap started to narrow halfway through the race as several teams got down to work in the peloton. With the French leading the peloton, the last breakaways were indeed caught up with just under 70 kilometers to go.

The Belgian and Italian teams led the peloton on the penultimate lap, then, with 42 kilometers to go, Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar kicked off the peloton with a solo move to the front. .

The peloton gave him a bit of a breather and he built up a gap of almost 30 seconds which he took on the final lap, but that advantage would drop as the race made its final trip down the short but steep climb to Mazzolano. . Tom Dumoulin jumped with about 22 kilometers to go, but the two riders were caught by a small field.

Vincenzo Nibali jumped forward on the descent and was joined by Rigoberto Urán, Mikel Landa and Wout van Aert, but the movement couldn’t create much distance on a French-led peloton, and after a few riders have come together, everything has come back together. Guillaume Martin made a short-lived move in the race to the Cima Gallisterna, but that was also caught up, setting up a battle on the difficult final climb.

As the race started to climb, Greg Van Avermaet and then Marc Hirschi carried out extensive excavations which bombarded many riders at the rear. When Michael Kwiatkowski jumped over the steep slopes there were only a handful of runners left to run, but the 2014 world champion didn’t quite manage to open a gap, with Alaphilippe just behind in a group that also included Van Aert, Hirschi, Jakob Fuglsang and Primoz Roglic. Then, near the top of the climb, Alaphilippe made his move, putting in a big wave that no one could follow.

Alaphilippe built a gap of about 15 seconds before the five riders behind set up a chase, and then managed to keep the gap there or so as he headed for the line. He held on for the victory by 24 seconds, enough time to capture the moment as he crossed the line to become the first French winner of the men’s road world title since Laurent Brochard in 1997.

Top 10

1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian (France) 6:38:34
2 VAN AERT Wout (Belgium) 0:24
3 HIRSCHI Marc (Switzerland)
4 KWIATKOWSKI Michal (Pologne)
5 FUGLSANG Jakob (Denmark)
6 ROGLIC Primoz
7 MATTHEWS Michael (Australie) 0:53
8 VALVERDE Alejandro (Spain)
9 CHESSMAN Maximilian (Germany)
10 CARUSO Damiano (Italy)

| Lutsenko misses World Cup road race after positive COVID-19

Alexey Lutsenko did not start Sunday’s elite men’s road race at the world championships after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to the Kazakh Cycling Federation, Lutsenko’s positive result was tested on Friday. He was withdrawn from the start of the world championships and is now awaiting the results of a second test.

| Van der Breggen wins second road world title

In case you missed it earlier this weekend, Anna van der Breggen scored another big solo victory in what has been a fantastic season for her, winning her second career road world title on Saturday.

Two days after winning the world time trial title on Thursday, Van der Breggen attacked a strong group with just over 40 kilometers to go in the elite women’s road race at Imola and quickly widened a gap. Despite the firepower in the chase behind, Van der Breggen was able to increase her advantage on the ascending and descending circuit and before long she had a gap of over a minute.

As the momentum for the pursuit waned, it became clear that there would be no catch-up from Van der Breggen, who claimed his second World Championships victory in three days and his second world title on road in three years on the line. Her Dutch teammate Annemiek van Vleuten finished second 1:20 later with Elisa Longo Borghini just behind to complete the podium.

| Bach welcomes the resumption of the cycling season

As Olympic organizers plan the Tokyo Games for 2021, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, has restarted the 2020 cycling season as proof that sporting events can be staged even during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Cycling has played a very special role. There was the Tour de France and now the World Championships, the two most complex events to date at international level. The success of these events gives us and the entire sports movement a lot of confidence. I would like to thank the UCI for taking on this responsibility and for organizing itself in a very responsible manner, ”said Bach, according to Cyclingnews.

“It makes us all very confident because we have seen in the last few months that you can organize big sporting events in a safe environment, even without a vaccine.

| Moving images

Saturday’s elite women’s race featured the snap of the weekend and possibly the cycling season until a camera followed Van der Breggen en route to another impressive world title.

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The image shown today of Julian Alaphilippe winning his first road world title comes from Cor Vos.



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