Alaphilippe aiming to end QuickStep Classics drought at Brabantse Pijl – Preview

Team Deceunincks Julian Alaphilippe of France C and fellow riders wait prior to take the start of the 6th stage of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race 215 km from Apecchio to Carpegna Marche region on March 12 2022 Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
World champion Alaphilippe will be hoping to reclaim his 2020 title on Wednesday (Image credit: LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe is back at the Ardennes Classics, riding Brabantse Pijl as a warm-up for a shot at a fourth La Flèche Wallonne title and a first Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory after several near misses at La Doyenne.

The Frenchman is the headline name at Wednesday's race, which this year occupies a unique position in the calendar. It follows Amstel Gold Race but comes before Paris-Roubaix due to the French Presidential election. Alaphilippe will not ride Paris-Roubaix, his spring campaign is focused on the hilly Ardennes. 

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