Alaphilippe: Better to be stripped of second place than first

Julian Alaphilippe of Team Deceuninck - QuickStep in World Champion Jersey shows disappointment during the 106th Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2020 (Getty Images)
Julian Alaphilippe of Team Deceuninck - QuickStep in World Champion Jersey shows disappointment during the 106th Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2020 (Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe has vowed that he will never again deviate from his sprinting line or celebrate too early, two errors he noted, that soured his debut appearance in the rainbow jersey at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The new world champion offered an apology to Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb), the rider principally disrupted by his movement to the left in the five-man sprint for the line, saying it did not reflect who he is as a rider. 

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