Julian Alaphilippe wins uphill dash end to take second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Wout van Aert retains lead

Julian Alaphilippe wins uphill dash end to take second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Wout van Aert retains lead

Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel crossed second forward of Belgian Wout van Aert, who retains the general lead, after the 202km run from Camaiore to Chiusdino in Tuscany.

Julian Alaphilippe wins uphill sprint finish to take second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Wout van Aert retains lead

File picture of Julian Alaphilippe, AFP

Milan: World champion Julian Alaphilippe received an uphill dash end to take the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Thursday, his third win within the ‘Race of the Two Seas’.

Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel crossed second forward of Belgian Wout van Aert, who retains the general lead, after the 202km run from Camaiore to Chiusdino in Tuscany.

Slovenian Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar was fourth.

“This primary victory of the season is a aid for me,” stated Frenchman Alaphilippe, who additionally received two levels in 2019.

“I used to be in an ideal state of affairs with (teammate) Joao Almeida on the entrance.

“Kasper Asgreen and Zdenek Stybar helped me place myself.

“I did not know what was happening behind me, however after I noticed Joao forward of me, I knew I’d win.

“I may simply deal with protecting my place. I went full gasoline when my time got here.

“You possibly can by no means make sure of victory. It is a particular feeling. It is not simple to win, however the crew believed in me right this moment and I’m pleased that I used to be in a position to repay them.”

Jumbo-Visma rider Van Aert retains the race lead with a four-second benefit on Alaphilippe with Van der Poel third at eight seconds.

“It is not a win however a great end result,” stated Van Aert, who had received the opening stage.

“The third place is the utmost I may get right this moment. When Julian accelerated I used to be already at my restrict. He was the strongest right this moment.”

Wednesday’s third stage covers 219km from Monticiano in Tuscany with a climb to Poggio della Croce, adopted by a flat run and a slight uphill end to the road within the historic Umbrian city of Gualdo Tadino.

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