First win as world champion for Alaphilippe in De Brabantse Pijl

World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the 2020 Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday – his first victory in the rainbow stripes.

For a moment, it looked as though the Frenchman might have made the same mistake as three days ago at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, as he stopped halfway through celebrating over the finish line, fearing that Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Felix) had pipped him at the line.

But a photo finish confirmed that the victory was Alaphilippe's, with a boxed-in Van der Poel in second and Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) third in a three-man sprint.

The three riders had broken clear on the cobbled Moskesstraat climb, 11km from the finish, following a hectic, action-packed day of racing.

Alaphilippe had been the main instigator throughout the race and had already broken clear with Van der Poel on several occasions over the route's many climbs.

Each time, however, the duo was joined by other determined riders who dug deep to rejoin on the sections between the climbs, until the decisive move was made on the Moskesstraat.

Asked whether he saw victory today as retribution for what happened on Sunday, Alaphilippe insisted that "It is never revenge. I was really happy to be at the start here. I just wanted to give my best and enjoy my jersey. I raced it like I like, and I'm really happy to win.

"It's a really nice feeling [to win in the rainbow jersey]. Even to wear in the morning is something special. So to take the victory is amazing."

How it unfolded

A group of six riders broke clear at the start of the day. They were: Clement Chevrier (AG2R La Mondiale), Juraj Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Storer (Sunweb), Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek-Segafredo), Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Andrea Peron (Novo Nordisk)

They were allowed a gap of over five minutes by the peloton, with Deceuninck-QuickStep doing much of the pace-setting during a steady and uneventful first two-thirds of the race.

That gap steadily decreased and stood at 2 minutes by the time the riders crossed the finishing circuit's finish line for the third to last time, with 65km left to ride.

The action kicked off in earnest on the second of four ascents of Hertstraat, 60km from the finish, when Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-QuickStep) upped the pace with teammate Julian Alaphilippe on his wheel. Alaphilippe then accelerated himself, bringing just five riders with him, including the Ineos Grenadiers duo of Michal Kwiatkowski and Luke Rowe.

It looked like a promising group, but the momentum sagged when a few riders, including Mathieu van der Poel, bridged up to it, and the peloton shortly brought them all back in.

Bora-Hansgrohe were intent on making the race difficult, firing up first Lennard Kamna (54km from the finish) then Marcus Burghardt (46km from the finish), but each attack ended in regroupment.

Burghardt was again involved in the next attack to go up the road 42km from the finish, along with Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) and Laurens Huys (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles). They quickly caught the four remaining riders from the early break, then broke clear of them on the penultimate ascent of the Hertstraat to form a new leading trio.

Their time at the front was also short-lived, however, as Stybar again set a ferocious pace up the first ascent of Moskesstraat, summited 34km from the finish. Alaphilippe once again sat on his wheel and was joined this time by Van der Poel, who himself accelerated towards the top of the climb to drop Stybar.

That left Alaphilippe and Van der Poel, the two pre-race favourites, at the front of the race, and the two decided to work together and commit. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) attempted to bridge up to them but was unable to, after which a three-man chase group formed consisting of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren), Omar Fraile (Astana) and Benoit Cosnefroy (Ag2r La Mondiale). After dangling for a little while at ten seconds behind, they joined the leading duo with 27km left to ride.

Five became six when Kwiatkowski put in an attack to join the leaders on the climb of  Schavei, capitalising on a huge turn at the front of the peloton from his teammate Luke Rowe.

The group continued to swell on the next climb of the Hagaard, as several more riders from the peloton made the gap. Subsequently, 13 riders were together at the base of the last time up the Hertstraat, on which Alaphilippe made another attack, with Van der Poel again following. They were later joined by Cosnefroy, Kwiatkowski, Colbrelli, Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Alessandro Covi (UAE Emirates).

Alaphilippe continued to be the instigator, putting in several more digs, eventually dropping everyone but Van der Poel and Cosnefroy on the Moskesstraet.

At last, after multiple attacks and a continually fluctuating race situation, the decisive group had formed and would stay together until the sprint at the finish. Cosnefroy was the first to launch his sprint, just over 200 metres from the line, but Alaphilippe comfortably overtook him for victory, with Van der Poel finding himself boxed-in between the two.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 4:36:52
2Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
3Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
4Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 0:00:13
5Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
6Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
7Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep
8Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie
9Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
11Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal
12Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren 0:00:17
13Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:25
14Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus - Wanty Gobert
15Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal WB
16Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
17Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
18Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez
19Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
20Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
21Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team 0:00:28
22Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Bingoal WB
23Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team
24Andreas Lorentz Kron (Den) Riwal Readynez 0:00:30
25Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
26Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:32
27Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
28Jan Bakelants (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
29August Jensen (Nor) Riwal Readynez 0:00:54
30Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:01:04
31John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:01:38
32Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team 0:01:44
33Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Bingoal WB
34Frederik Backaert (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
35Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
36Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:49
37Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:01:55
38Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:58
39Petr Vakoč (Cze) Alpecin - Fenix
40Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
41Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis
42Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
43Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:02:32
44Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:02:58
45Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
46Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Den) Trek - Segafredo
47Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling
48Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
49Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:25
50Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:04:22
51Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
52Nick Van der Lijke (Ned) Riwal Readynez
53Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
54Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
55Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
56Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
57Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team
58Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
59Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
60James Shaw (GBr) Riwal Readynez
61Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb
62Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
63Pim Ligthart (Ned) Total Direct Energie
64Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
65Wouter Poels (Ned) Bahrain - Mclaren
66Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
67Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
68Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott
69Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:04:41
70Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team
71Laurens Huys (Bel) Bingoal WB 0:04:48
72Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb
73Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:04:52
74Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-Quickstep
75Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team 0:05:06
76Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:05
77Barnabás Peák (Hun) Mitchelton-Scott
78Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
79Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
80Carlos Barbero (Spa) NTT Pro Cycling
81Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
82Kristian Aasvold (Nor) Riwal Readynez
83Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
84Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis
85Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
86Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
87Leonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
88Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
89Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
90Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
91Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren
92Rasmus Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling
93Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie
94Julien Vermote (Bel) Cofidis
95Marlon Gaillard (Fra) Total Direct Energie
96Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
97Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team
98Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez
99Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
100Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
101Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
102Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
103Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep
104Anthony Jullien (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
105Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix 0:07:19
106Leon Heinschke (Ger) Development Team Sunweb
107Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:10:10
108Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
109Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels - Vital Concept
110Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
111Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
112Patrick Schelling (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
113Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
114Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek - Segafredo 0:15:07
DNFDenis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFIan Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-Quickstep
DNFSam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFScott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFMartin Salmon (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNFIlan Van Wilder (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNFPéter Kusztor (Hun) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFJeremy Cabot (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFDion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
DNFLaurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
DNFCharles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
DNFAlexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
DNFJuan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
DNFMichal Golas (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling
DNFAlexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis
DNFChristopher Lawless (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFMathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFLudovic Robeet (Bel) Bingoal WB
DNFSergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Bingoal WB
DNFKrists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFKevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFLuka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
DNFWesley Kreder (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFPieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFBoy Van Poppel (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team
DNFEmiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFLuc Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Wb
DNFClément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
DNFNikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFCedric Beullens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNFRemy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFCristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
DNFStephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain McLaren
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFMathias Frank (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
DNFNicholas Dlamini (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFJarno Mobach (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNFAlexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
DNFThomas Boudat (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFKevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept

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