Julian Alaphilippe wins Stage 2 of the Tirreno-Adriatico

Julian Alaphilippe wins Stage 2 of the Tirreno-Adriatico

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step) has won the second stage of the 56th edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 202km from Camaiore to Chiusdino, ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma). Wout van Aert retains the Maglia Azzurra.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step), 202km in 5h01’32”, average speed 40.195kph
2 – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) s.t.
3 – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma)
2 – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step) at 4″
3 – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) at 8″

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Julian Alaphilippe, said: “I was in a perfect situation with Joao Almeida at the front. I could just focus on keeping my position. I went full gas when my time came. It’s never easy to win and I realize it’s even harder with the rainbow jersey. This first victory of the season is a relief for me.”

The Maglia Azzurra Wout van Aert, said: “It’s not a win but a good result. The third place is the maximum I could get today. When Julian accelerated I was already at my limit. He was the strongest today. My team did a fantastic job to keep me in a good position, especially when some of the GC contenders went up the road.”