Julian Alaphilippe tops Primoz Roglic at La Flèche Wallonne.

Alaphilippe bests Roglic to win La Flèche Wallonne

Julian Alaphilippe nabbed his third career victory at La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) nabbed his third career victory at La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, triumphing ahead of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in Huy, Belgium.

As it usually does, the race came down to the final trip up the steep ascent of the Mur de Huy, where the pre-race favorites battled for position on the lower slopes before Roglic launched a powerful move with a little over 300 meters to go. He surged ahead to a decent gap as Alaphilippe and Valverde moved to respond a few bike lengths back.

Roglic held on out front for another 200 meters but Alaphilippe steadily closed down the gap on his own and then pulled even. The pair were closely matched over the last hundred meters, but Alaphilippe pulled clear as the line approached to secure the victory. Roglic settled for second on the same time with Valverde arriving six seconds later to claim the final spot on the podium.

La Flèche Wallonne (1.UWT) Charleroi → Mur de Huy

ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck - Quick Step
ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma
VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team
WOODS Michael Israel Start-Up Nation
BARGUIL Warren Team Arkéa Samsic
PIDCOCK Thomas INEOS Grenadiers
GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ
CHAVES Esteban Team BikeExchange
CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers
SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA - hansgrohe

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