Alaphilippe ready for 'good kind of pressure' ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic (left) pips Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the line at the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Could the world champion’s premature celebration prove to be the difference between the two teams in the final UCI WorldTour team rankings?
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) celebrates too early and Primož Roglič takes win at 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Take two. Last October, Julian Alaphilippe thought he had become the first world champion to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège since Moreno Argentin, but unlike in 1987, the late drama didn’t play out in the rainbow jersey’s favour.

Alaphilippe’s premature celebration launched a thousand memes, even if his subsequent declassification to fifth place for his deviation in the sprint at least tempered his disappointment at being pipped to the line by Jumbo-Visma's Primož Roglič.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.