Julian Alaphilippe to focus on Ardennes Classics rather than Tour of Flanders in 2022

MILAN ITALY OCTOBER 06 Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep prior to the 102nd MilanoTorino 2021 a 190km race from Magenta to Torino Superga 669m MilanoTorino on October 06 2021 in Milan Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe has intimated that he will miss the Tour of Flanders in 2022 in order to focus on the Ardennes Classics.

The world champion raced Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Ronde this year before going on to win La Flèche Wallonne and place second at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but he believes that he spread himself too thinly by trying to be competitive on the cobbles as well as in the Ardennes.

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