Julien Alaphilippe jumps on “his” Muur van Huy to win the Tour de Wallonie
Saturday 23 July 2022 at 16:50
Julian Alaphilippe won the opening stage of the Tour de Wallonie. The French World Champion turned out to be the best brunch restaurant on Moor Van Hoy. He defeated Alaphilippe Alex Aranburu (Movistar) and Robert Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck) who is also the first in command.
The 109th Tour de France is coming to a close, but in Belgium, a multi-day bike race started today with the Tour de Wallonie (2.Pro). The first stage of the stage race was immediately a nice opening. The ending was actually on the well-known hangman from the springtime classic Walloon Arrow: Muur van Huy. The Huy Wall was on the track twice: 34 kilometers from the finish and of course as the finish line too. The famous calf biter is officially climbing 1.7 kilometers at an average of 8%, but in particular, the last kilometer at 19% makes riders in fear every year.
Five refugees choose the open sea
Bacon on the mouth of three-time Wallonian arrow winner and world champion Julian Alaphilippe, who begins the second part of the season at the Tour de Wallonie. With the Frenchman as a big crowd attraction, the peloton started the opening stage of 174.4 kilometers around 12:30 in the afternoon. Today’s flight came very quickly. Fabian Lenhard (Groupama-FDJ), Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Casper Pedersen (Team DSM), Maxime Chevalier (B&B Hotels-KTM) and Lennert Teugels (Tarteletto-Isorex) joined in and got a safe pass from peloton.
The lead of the five deserters at one point increased to over three minutes, but in the peloton there was control: Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Team Alaphilippe, and the UAE set the pace and were able to clear the top riders. Curb. After some time, the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert and Cofidis also decided to lend a helping hand in the quest, making the difference smaller and smaller. At the foot of the Huy Wall’s first pass, the progress had already been reduced to two minutes. In this iconic climb, the wheat was separated from the chaff.
Alaphilippe is dealing with a difficult period
On the steep flanks of this iconic descent, the peloton has dwindled to about forty riders: For runners like Fernando Gaviria and Tim Merler, it’s going pretty fast at this point. Momentum was good now and this turned out to be disastrous for the five refugees: with twelve kilometers remaining, Jacobs and Pedersen are captured as the last survivors of the early flight and we can prepare for a powerful explosion on the Hue Wall. Almost all eyes were on Alaphilippe and the French food maker was able to live up to his status as a top favourite.
Alaphilippe was well ahead of Alex Aranburu and Robert Stannard and scored his second win of the season, having already won a stage on the Basque Country Tour in April. But most important to the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl racer is that after a difficult period he is back with a win. Alaphilippe is, of course, also the first captain of the Tour de Wallonie. Tomorrow the tour continues with a challenging stage from Verviers to Hervé.
– Tour de Wallonie & GP Wallonie (tourdewallonie) 23 July 2022
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