Alaphilippe: I'm not thinking about revenge at the Tour of Flanders

Danish Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck QuickStep French Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck QuickStep and French Florian Senechal of Deceuninck QuickStep pictured during a training session on the track of the Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling race Friday 02 April 2021 The 105th edition of the cycling race will take place on Easter Sunday 04 AprilBELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Alaphilippe with teammates Kasper Asgreen and Florian Sénéchal during Deceuninck-QuickStep's Flanders recon on Friday (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Julian Alaphilippe has said he's not looking for revenge at Sunday's Tour of Flanders, six months after he crashed out of the winning attack 35 kilometres from the finish of the 2020 edition.

Speaking at Deceuninck-QuickStep's pre-Flanders press conference on Friday afternoon, the Frenchman said that he has already put what happened soon after the Taaienberg – where he, Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert and eventual winner, Alpecin-Fenix's Mathieu van der Poel, broke away at the front of the race – behind him.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.