Alaphilippe to test himself up Mont Ventoux

CASSIS FRANCE FEVRIER 11 Julian Alaphilippe of France of team DECEUNINCK QUICK STEP durant letape 1 Aubagne Six Fours les Plages du Tour de Provence 2021 Le 11 fevrier 2021 Cassis France Photo by James StarttAgence Zoom
Julian Alaphilippe on the podium as most combative rider (Image credit: Agence Zoom)

Tour de La Provence race organizers couldn’t dream of a better show on TV for stage 1 than Julian Alaphilippe fighting for the victory for the last one and half hours of racing. The world champion wanted to test himself on stage 2, one suitable for sprinters, and/or up the Mont Ventoux but he didn’t wait for that long. 

With 69km to go to Six-Fours-les-Plages, he reacted to an attack by Italians Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos), only to be reeled in 1.5km before the end when only Alaphilippe and Moscon remained at the front in a remake of the finale of the 2017 world championship in Bergen, Norway. 

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