Alaphilippe, world champion after a suicide attack by Pogacar

Alaphilippe, world champion after a suicide attack by Pogacar

The Frenchman escaped on the last climb of the circuit and beat Van Aert (silver medal) and Hirschi (bronze). Valverde was eighth.

Alaphilippe, world champion after a suicide attack by Pogacar

Pascual Momparler warned that the Imola World Cup, due to its proximity to the Tour de France, was like the San Sebastián Classic, in which a participant in the French round almost always won. That almost always, because last year Remco Evenepoel put together the cue. This Sunday, the one who jumped the bench in Imola was Julian Alaphilippe , with an attack 17 kilometers from the goal. The Frenchman responded to the phenomenal work of his team, which toughened up the test in the absence of 100 kilometers and was able to withstand an unexpected offensive from Tadej Pogacar . The rest of the medals were distributed by two representatives of the new generation: the Belgian Wout Van Aert and the Swiss Marc Hirschi . The best Spaniard, once again, was Alejandro Valverde , who finished eighth. [Narration and classifications]

A vibrant race culminated by France and which from the beginning was controlled by Switzerland, Italy, France and Denmark, some teams that left opponents without options in the first half: Mexico put Castillo in the initial break, Japan Arashio , Romania to Groosu , Norway to Traeen . The most dangerous was the German Jonas Koch . A small group that added up to a seven-minute lead, but with 100 kilometers to go, their income began to decline. With all the members of the Spanish team in the race, with Luis León Sánchez as Valverde's bodyguard, and Landa , very attentive to cuts.

With a route of 258.2 kilometers, encompassed in a 28.8-kilometer circuit, starting and finishing at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari automobile circuit in Imola, which included two ascents: Mazzolano and Gallisterna, with three kilometers each one of them, and with nearly 5,000 meters of accumulated unevenness, the championship ventured hard and it was. France assumed command with 60 kilometers to go.

With 41 km ahead

Director Thomas Voeckler ordered a battle call and the platoon, led by Quentin Pacher , took off with a very long whip. In that scuffle, Pogacar suffered a mechanical breakdown and spent extra energy to bond with the group. Marc Soler and Tom Dumoulin , with difficulties, rode in the rear.

On the penultimate climb to Gallisterna, 41 kilometers ahead, Pogacar surprised with an attack as wonderful as it was suicidal. Belgium and Nibali's Italy came out on the backlash. 11 seconds ahead at the top. The audacity of the winner of the Tour dislodges the well-off to the foreseeable, with him nothing is utopian. Risk as a blessed routine. The rush of the new cycling prodigy served to select the group of favorites, with only about 40 units. 25 seconds in the penultimate passage through the goal. One against all in an agonizing chase for the Slovenian phenomenon.

Alaphilippe, world champion after a suicide attack by Pogacar

The boy was hunted by Dumoulin on the last ascent to Mazzolano. The destruction caused by the last owner of the Tour left the group like a hornet's nest, without a dominating team, with individual attacks, with Landa, Martin , Nibali and Van Aert as the most restless. In that lack of control, Alaphilippe was the smartest. He pressed 200 meters from the coronation of Gallisterna and took down Roglic , Kwiatkowski , Fuglsang , Hirschi and Van Aert.

On the descent, the Frenchman increased his lead to 14 seconds to win the finish line of the circuit. From behind, the pursuers threw in the towel and only worried about the conquest of silver and bronze. Van Aert imposed his top speed ahead of Hirschi. Fourth place went to Kwiatkowski, fifth to Fuglsang and sixth to Roglic. After them came a small group with Valverde, eighth. The Spaniard is still not clear on it, but today could have been his last World Cup.

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