Alaphilippe denied another Itzulia stage win by a tyre length

ZAMUDIO SPAIN APRIL 07 Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl green points jersey crosses the finishing line in second place during the 61st Itzulia Basque Country 2022 Stage 4 a 1856km stage from VitoriaGasteiz to Zamudio itzulia WorldTour on April 07 2022 in Zamudio Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images
Julian Alaphilippe narrowly missed out on stage 4 victory at Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images)

Had the finest of margins gone the other way over the past two days, World Champion Julian Alaphilippe could have three wins from four stages at Itzulia Basque Country.

Instead, the Frenchman has had to make do with just the one victory so far this week, the second stage in Viana where Alaphilippe benefitted from a perfect lead out from QuickStep-AlphaVinyl teammate Remco Evenepoel.

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