Julian Alaphilippe set to miss La Flèche Wallonne after Worlds win

Julian Alaphilippe riding to victory at the Worlds road race in Imola (Image credit: Getty Images)

New world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) will not make his debut in the rainbow stripes at La Flèche Wallonne, despite having previously been named in the Belgian squad's team for the race.

The Frenchman will race next at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the race he finished second at in 2015. Citing a need to recover from Sunday's Worlds road race in Imola, Alaphilippe will now miss Wednesday's Ardennes Classics opener and return to racing in Liège on October 4.

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