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No room for error: Alaphilippe won the Cycling race “Milano — Sanremo”

French cyclist Julien Alaphilippe won on Saturday, March 23, the Cycling race “Milano — Sanremo”. This is the seventh victory of the athlete in the current season.

“The secret of success “Milan — Sanremo”? Never look back”, — ironically last year’s winner of the race Vincenzo nibali. In fact, it is the longest professional one-day race — 291-km distance with six lifts. The final climb of 9 km to go — Poggio — largely determines the outcome of the competition.

This files most often on the top step of the podium in the history of Primavera rose Belgian eddy Merckx seven times in 1960-70-s. this time the distance was surrendered to the French Juliano Alaphilippe.

In the last meters of the Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric attacked, Alaphilippe supported its acceleration and then walked over the opponent. “In the final everything was under control. I had no margin for error. 200 meters to go I said to myself that speech can not be about to finish second”, — told the athlete after the finish. For Alaphilippe finished Belgian Oliver Ships (AG2R La Mondiale) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).

“Alaphilippe would like to finish victoriously alone”, — he wrote on the eve of the classic “Milan — San Remo,” the newspaper L’equipe. The winner of the mountain qualifying last Tour de France fulfilled his wish partially. Finished Alfilip really the first, triumphantly clenching his fist, but about loneliness in the last meters of the distance he had to forget. Primavera the outcome was decided in the battle of eight athletes, among whom was last year’s winner Vincenzo nibali and reigning champion Alejandro Valverde, and Peter Sagan, who on the eve of the race, almost all called a particularly dangerous opponent for the first season the Slovak has tried to conquer this monument and over and over again doesn’t reach to the victory.

Unlike Julian Alaphilippe that last season the rise on all fronts: the public is warmly supported it, the most authoritative French sports Newspapers regularly put his portrait on the cover and first pages, and most importantly, he manages to demonstrate results, whether they win in the mountains classification of the Tour de France in 2018 or the stage victories “Tirreno-Adriatico” this year.
“No one understands… In the Tour de France I won the polka dot Jersey, and now defeat Sagan in the sprint! Incredible, isn’t it?”, — laughed the athlete, stressing that is in great shape and mood on the eve of the “Milan — Sanremo”. Then Alaphilippe, however, didn’t know cross the finish line first, otherwise his mood would become even better is the first monumental classic in the career of the Frenchman: Primavera in 2017, he became the third, and in 2018 prevented him to reach the podium fall.

Experts believe that the previous seasons were necessary Alaphilippe for “growing up” and a set of skills which he now demonstrates on the course. It better catches the moment and not lost in battles with more experienced and seasoned opponents. He became more calm, rational, controlling their actions. And now to that list of epithets the Frenchman skidded and “monumental.” The next race in which Alfilip plans to take part in the Tour of the Basque Country, which will be held from 8 to 13 April.

Source:ru.rfi.fr
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