Five flat tires for bad luck bird Alaphilippe during Strade Bianche
Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Julian Alaphilippe was allowed to defend his title on Saturday in Strade Bianche, but the French spring only crossed the line in Siena in 24th place, fifteen minutes from winner Wout van Aert. However, there were mitigating circumstances: Alaphilippe was faced with no fewer than five flat tires on the way.
The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider was plagued by bad luck during the day. It all started after ten kilometers of racing when he had to chase after a broken rear wheel. Alaphilippe had to deal with bad luck for the last time on the clay sector of Monte Sante Marie.
“I continued, out of respect and love for this competition”
The Frenchman then punctured for the fifth time and that was the end of his role. He eventually finished 24th. “It was really an impossible day. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to stop and chase. The competition itself is tough enough and then you can miss these mechanical problems. ”
However, Alaphilippe refused to give up early. “I continued to the finish out of respect and love for this race. It was my first race after Paris-Nice and a good test for the rest of the season. ” His employer Deceuninck-Quick-Step drove the whole race behind the scenes.
Zdeněk Štybar (6th): “The condition is good, but I was bothered by the heat”
Zdeněk Štybar, winner of the Strade Bianche in 2015, was ultimately the best rider on behalf of the Belgian star formation. The Czech finished sixth after a long chase race. “It’s nice to finish in the top 10 again, but I was aiming for something more actually. The condition is good, but I was bothered by the heat. ”
“As a result, I missed just a few percent to respond to the attack attempts. I know from experience that there was no reason to panic, so I kept driving at a good pace. As the game progressed I started to feel better. Today was tough, but I was happy that we were able to race again. I really missed it! ”