Alaphilippe: I'm not a real Flandrien but I've got my heart set on Tour of Flanders

Julian Alaphilippe sports new Belgian WorldTour team's one-off jerseys to promote main sponsor Deceuninck's new range of windows, Elegant
Julian Alaphilippe sports a special, one-off world champion’s jersey to promote main sponsor Deceuninck's new range of Elegant windows, with the entire team being known as Elegant-QuickStep for the Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Wout Beel)

A week or so ago, after winning the Brabantse Pijl in the rainbow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe pleaded not to be named as a favourite for the Tour of Flanders. Less than 48 hours out from the big day, however, the world champion and his Elegant-QuickStep team seemed less worried about playing down his chances.

Alaphilippe, for a start, has been given the team's top race number, wearing 11 ahead of a 12 to 17 roster that includes decorated cobbled Classics riders in Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar, Kasper Asgreen and Florian Sénéchal.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.