Julian Alaphilippe leads Deceuninck-QuickStep at Strade Bianche

Julian Alaphillipe on the front at the 2019 Strade Bianche
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2019 winner Julian Alaphilippe will lead the Deceuninck-QuickStep team at Saturday's Strade Bianche, as the Frenchman returns to racing on the dirt roads of Tuscany.

Alaphilippe won last year's race after a showdown with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) on the steep Via Santa Catarina climb up to central Siena. The Dane was the first to the top but Alaphilippe jumped past him to dive down into the Piazza del Campo to win the spectacular race that winds through the Tuscany countryside via steep dirt roads.

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