MILAN-SANREMO – “What I missed most of all was a good placement at the foot of the Poggio”: sorry Alaphilippe

Regret because the form was there. Julian Alaphilippe finished 11th in Milan-Sanremo on Saturday, the first Monument of the season won by the Frenchman in 2019.frustration” which animates the rider who is interviewed by L’Equipe after the race.

“I’m not going to say I’m disappointed, just frustrated that I didn’t give it my all to just hope to win. I remain convinced that there was something better to do today and I suspected that it wouldn’t end in a bunch sprint,” explained the two-time world champion.

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Because if the feelings were good as he himself admits, it is due to a tactical problem that the Frenchman could not integrate into the top 10. At Milan-Sanremo, the Cipressa and especially the Poggio are the key moments to tick off if you hope to win . On this edition, Alaphilippe and his Wolfpack missed each other.

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“It’s simple: what I missed most of all was a good placement at the foot of the Poggioexplains the runner. In the last meters before the Poggio we got a bit lost with my teammates. Things had already been complicated in the Cipressa for the same reasons. On this race there is no comparison, positioning is essential when approaching the Poggio”.

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Because at the front the favorites fought a tough battle: “When Pogacar, Van der Poel and Van Aert accelerated in the Poggio, I was really not in the right position“, declared Alaphilippe who could not do anything. The former wearer of the yellow jersey on the Tour will from now on turn to Belgian races, with two Monuments to pick up in particular. Alaphilippe announced that he would not only race one-day races .

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