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19 Oct 2017 17:08

Alafpolak winning on Plateau de Glières back in 2013.
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19 Oct 2017 19:20

...from the other side.

Nice pic.
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19 Oct 2017 19:26

Hopefully he or Nibali can put an end to Valverde's boring reign in the Ardennes classics next year.
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22 Oct 2017 11:08

Alaphilippe finished 4th today behind Wellens, Mollema and Roche. He won the white jersey!

https://twitter.com/VelonCC/status/921998097655373824
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24 Oct 2017 01:00

From FloBIKES: Tour of Guangxi - Full stage 4 highlights(beautiful scenery)
https://www.flobikes.com/video/6020411-full-stage-4-highlights-from-tour-of-guangxi

Guys & gals altogether on the podium at the end of Tour of Guangxi. Watch Gaviria and Oss rushing podium girls to hand them the champagne...
https://twitter.com/VelonCC/status/922765520746594304
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25 Oct 2017 10:42

El Pistolero wrote:Hopefully he or Nibali can put an end to Valverde's boring reign in the Ardennes classics next year.

You forgot about Kwiatkowski and Teuns.
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25 Oct 2017 16:19

Kwiatkowski vs Alaphilippe should be a nice battle for years to come. I really like both of them and their style of racing. Especially Kwiatkowski who often does not seem to be the strongest but manages to outfox his opponents with attacks at key moments. Those "race smarts" are the difference right now in my opinion. Alaphilippe is a great rider but makes mistakes when it comes to the moment of his accelerations.
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03 Dec 2017 15:11

Found this tweet(March),

https://twitter.com/francetvsport/status/841174691234619392

which had a short video giving a brief account of Alaphilippe progression prior to wearing the leader’s yellow jersey at Paris-Nice.
- In 2010, he came 2nd at junior cyclocross world championship.
- But he almost stopped cycling the same year, because of a knee injury.
- The young rider bounced back with Armee de Terre team, he won French U23 Cyclocross champion for 2 years.
- (While at Etixx-IHNED.cz, he won on the Plateau des Gilieres at the 2013 Tour de l’Avenir.)
- In 2015, he finished 2nd at La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
- In 2016, he won the Amgen Tour of California.
- Some weeks later, he finished 6th and was the best young rider at Dauphine.
- The performance earned his first participation at Tour de France.
- This year at Paris-Nice, the vice champion of Europe won an ITT stage and wore the yellow jersey for 3 days.
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31 Dec 2017 14:54

Despite a knee injury which forced Julian Alaphilippe to miss 3 objectives of the season – Ardennes Classics, Amgen Tour of California and Tour de France, he made it to Felix Lowe at Eurosport cycling, top 10 riders of 2017.

https://au.eurosport.com/cycling/blazin-saddles-best-riders-teams-and-races-of-the-2017-season_sto6456748/story.shtml

8. Julian Alaphilippe
Alaphilippe's victory ahead of Alberto Contador in the uphill time trial on Mont Brouilly in Paris-Nice saw Tour director Christian Prudhomme proclaim "the birth of a champion". 10 days later, that rising star almost burned the brightest in a thrilling conclusion to Milan-Sanremo: when Peter Sagan attacked on the Poggio, the French youngster (riding his maiden edition of La Primavera aged 24) and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski were the only riders capable of following – prompting a three-way sprint on the via Roma that saw the Pole pip Sagan and Alaphilippe to glory.
Later in the season, the Quick-Step rider won a stage on the Vuelta before almost pulling off the winning move in the World Championships road race in Bergen. He capped a fine season with second place in Il Lombardia. What a rider he is becoming.


Julian Alaphilippe first race of 2018 season - Colombia Oro y Paz(Feb 6-11)
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02 Jan 2018 21:43

I dont agree with that at all. He had a fine season taking the injuries into consideration, but not more than that. I really hope he can be injury free, him and Gaviria have the potential to go head to head with GVA, Sagan and Valverde, but also come up big in the GTs in terms of stage win. QS future is really set if they can do that, but crashes and injuries have been a problem so far....

Big fan of him and his TT win on Brouilly was one of my favourite moments of 2017 looking back at it. That was so damn impressive. Its behind Gilbert's RVV, but on par with displays such as Valverde's win on Lo Port.
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02 Jan 2018 21:58

Valv.Piti wrote:I dont agree with that at all. He had a fine season taking the injuries into consideration, but not more than that. I really hope he can be injury free, him and Gaviria have the potential to go head to head with GVA, Sagan and Valverde, but also come up big in the GTs in terms of stage win. QS future is really set if they can do that, but crashes and injuries have been a problem so far....

Big fan of him and his TT win on Brouilly was one of my favourite moments of 2017 looking back at it. That was so damn impressive. Its behind Gilbert's RVV, but on par with displays such as Valverde's win on Lo Port.


No, I don't think many people will agree with him having had a better season than Froome...

The inclusion of Barguil is also strange but the other eight riders in the list would also be my top eight picks - probably in a different order, though.

Regarding Alaphilippe, he really needs to begin winning. To only have six wins from four seasons with his abilities and skillset is a shockingly small amount.
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03 Jan 2018 14:24

Podium in Milano-Sanremo, Liege, Fleche Wallone (x2) and Lombardia. It's only a question of time.

He has potential to be the best one-stage racer. What about Ronde van Vlaanderen? Could he be competitive in that race?
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03 Jan 2018 14:45

If you can win in the Ardennes, you can win Flanders on the right day in my opinion. It is not like Roubaix where you need a completely different skillset. It is basically a hilly race. Only difference is a few of those hills have cobbles. And you can prepare yourself for these occasions.
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03 Jan 2018 16:03

Akuryo wrote:If you can win in the Ardennes, you can win Flanders on the right day in my opinion. It is not like Roubaix where you need a completely different skillset. It is basically a hilly race. Only difference is a few of those hills have cobbles. And you can prepare yourself for these occasions.

This. Flanders has been won by Bugno, Criquielion, Gilbert, Sorensen, Durand, Argentin. All capable cobbles riders no doubt, but certainly better known for their success on punchy climbs.

It’s been said that the difference between Flanders and Roubaix is those Flandrian cobbles are the actual roads that are used by regular traffic and maintained throughout the year by the authorities. The Roubaix cobbles are farm tracks maintained by a bunch of volunteers at weekends.
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03 Jan 2018 16:28

Leinster wrote:
Akuryo wrote:If you can win in the Ardennes, you can win Flanders on the right day in my opinion. It is not like Roubaix where you need a completely different skillset. It is basically a hilly race. Only difference is a few of those hills have cobbles. And you can prepare yourself for these occasions.

This. Flanders has been won by Bugno, Criquielion, Gilbert, Sorensen, Durand, Argentin. All capable cobbles riders no doubt, but certainly better known for their success on punchy climbs.

It’s been said that the difference between Flanders and Roubaix is those Flandrian cobbles are the actual roads that are used by regular traffic and maintained throughout the year by the authorities. The Roubaix cobbles are farm tracks maintained by a bunch of volunteers at weekends.


But of these, Gilbert is the only Ardennes guy who won recently and he’s always had a strong sideline in cobbled races. The main cast of RVV always overlaps much more heavily with that of Roubaix than that of LBL. Only a minority of hilly classics riders can compete seriously at it and it remains to be seen if Alaphilippe is one of them. I hope he does win it.
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03 Jan 2018 16:53

And importantly, it overlaps more with Amstel than Flèche and Liège, so the hilly specialist who mostly perform in the latter two (and are also most often real climbers), like Martin, Valverde, Purito, Henao, and also Alaphilippe, can not be expected to do well in De Ronde. The positional battle before the bergs are not for flyweights.
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03 Jan 2018 17:10

Netserk wrote:And importantly, it overlaps more with Amstel than Flèche and Liège, so the hilly specialist who mostly perform in the latter two (and are also most often real climbers), like Martin, Valverde, Purito, Henao, and also Alaphilippe, can not be expected to do well in De Ronde. The positional battle before the bergs are not for flyweights.

Definitely. I think it can also be noted that the Ardennes riders who's best Ardennes classic is the Amstel are typically the guys who lack the winning edge at the pointy end in Fleche and Liege cause it's too much climbing after all.
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03 Jan 2018 17:45

Akuryo wrote:If you can win in the Ardennes, you can win Flanders on the right day in my opinion. It is not like Roubaix where you need a completely different skillset. It is basically a hilly race. Only difference is a few of those hills have cobbles. And you can prepare yourself for these occasions.

what??? if you can win flanders, you can win in the ardennes, not the opposite
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03 Jan 2018 18:07

Netserk wrote:And importantly, it overlaps more with Amstel than Flèche and Liège, so the hilly specialist who mostly perform in the latter two (and are also most often real climbers), like Martin, Valverde, Purito, Henao, and also Alaphilippe, can not be expected to do well in De Ronde. The positional battle before the bergs are not for flyweights.

Kwiatkowski has performed well across the whole spectrum, so I’m inclined to say it can be done, although it does take a certain kind of rider.

I think if protected by his QuickStep squad, Alaphilippe would be well able to survive the position battle. But then again, the QS squad would be one of the reasons he’ll never win it; there are always multiple possible winners of RVV in the QuickStep squad, so it makes far more sense to keep him fresh for the Ardennes.

Also, the positional battle matters a lot less if you do a Gilbert or, even better, Durand and ride most of the race solo.
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03 Jan 2018 18:11

portugal11 wrote:
Akuryo wrote:If you can win in the Ardennes, you can win Flanders on the right day in my opinion. It is not like Roubaix where you need a completely different skillset. It is basically a hilly race. Only difference is a few of those hills have cobbles. And you can prepare yourself for these occasions.

what??? if you can win flanders, you can win in the ardennes, not the opposite

You do realise they actually mean the same thing by extension right?
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