Julian Alaphilippe headlines Ardèche Classic and Drôme Classic at weekend

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe at the 2020 Tour Colombia 2.1
Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe at the 2020 Tour Colombia 2.1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

While many of the sport's biggest names are either riding the last two stages of the UAE Tour or beginning their Classics seasons at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne this weekend, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe heads to the south of France, near Valence, to begin his European season at Saturday's Faun-Ardèche Classic and the Drôme Classic on Sunday.

Not that the 27-year-old Frenchman is the only star name at the slightly more low-key races: he'll be joined by Trek-Segafredo's Vincenzo Nibali and Bauke Mollema, as well as EF Pro Cycling's Alberto Bettiol, who continues his build-up to his April defence of the Tour of Flanders – a race that Alaphilippe will target for the first time in his career this spring.

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