Julian Alaphilippe: I wasn't 100 per cent confident before Flèche Wallonne

MUR DE HUY BELGIUM APRIL 21 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep sprint on arrival during the 85th La Fleche Wallonne 2021 Men Elite a 1936km race from Charleroi to Mur de Huy 204m FlecheWallonne on April 21 2021 in Mur de Huy Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) expressed some doubts about his chances on the eve of La Flèche Wallonne but there was a familiar outcome atop the Mur de Huy as the Frenchman bounded past Primož Roglič to claim his third victory in the race.

In five participations at Flèche, Alaphilippe has never finished lower than second, with Alejandro Valverde – third on Wednesday – the only man ever to beat him up the Mur de Huy. 

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