Julian Alaphilippe crashes out of Tour of Flanders

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM OCTOBER 18 Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep World Champion Jersey Crash Motorbike during the 104th Tour of Flanders 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen Men Elite a 2433km race from Antwerpen to Oudenaarde RVV20 FlandersClassic on October 18 2020 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
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Julian Alaphilippe (Elegant-QuickStep) crashed out of the Tour of Flanders while on the attack with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the final 40km. He was later diagnosed with fractures of the metacarpal 2 and 4 on his right hand. He will have an operation on Monday. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) went onto win the race.

The world champion had exploded the race with several attacks but then crashed into a race motorbike. He was last in line behind van Aert and van der Poel and didn’t see the motorbike slow in front of the riders.

Van Aert and van der Poel managed to swerve out of the way but Alaphilippe hit the motorbike with his right shoulder and crashed hard. 

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