Julian Alaphilippe takes confidence from Ventoux ride

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has taken confidence in his form after placing third on Mont Ventoux on the queen stage of the Tour de la Provence

After a long-range breakaway on the opening day and a crash ahead of a punchy finale that might have suited him on stage 2, the world champion provided a reminder of his all-round ability on the race's key mountain test. 

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