Alaphilippe: Every race from now until Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be important

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Julian Alaphilippe enjoyed a strong and versatile start to his 2021 season, climbing with the best on the Mont Ventoux and taking sprint bonuses on the final stage of Tour de La Provence to move ahead of Egan Bernal into second behind overall winner Ivan Sosa (Ineos Grenadiers).

The Frenchman told Cyclism'actu that he's satisfied with his performance in the race even though he missed out on taking any stage victories: he went on the attack in the opening stage and helped lead out Deceuninck-Quickstep teammate Davide Ballerini after being caught in the final kilometres. On the Mont Ventoux on the third stage, he stayed with Bernal until the final turn and, on the last stage took the first bonification sprint to nudge ahead of Bernal by one second.

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