Alaphilippe, an ugly memory resurfaces

The arrival of the 3rd stage of the Dauphiné, where Wout van Aert raised his arms a little too early, reminded Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020. A dark day for Julian Alaphilippe.

A runner who raises his arms too early during a sprint, and who is finally overtaken just before the line? This is a phenomenon that happens quite regularly, and which does not spare the best. The proof: Tuesday, it was Wout van Aert, number 2 in the UCI ranking, who was surprised. And his mistake revived the memory of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where it was Julian Alaphilippe who had failed.

A week after being crowned world champion, the Frenchman thought he was going to continue by offering himself the classic he covets the most. ” How could I mess up like this? I had dreamed of this photo where I raise my arms with the jersey of world champion, he confided afterwards. I had imagined it very strongly. And it was stronger than me…” Alaphilippe released his effort a little early to raise his arms, leaving Primoz Roglic to blow the victory away from him. To console himself, the Habs can remember that he was downgraded from this race for irregular sprinting, and that he would not have won this “Doyenne”.

Van Aert: “I feel ashamed”

Van Aert, he was going to win his second stage success on this Dauphiné. But while he was focusing on the Frenchman Victor Lafay (Cofidis), he did not see that David Gaudu was coming back on the other side of the road. And he immediately realized his mistake when he saw the Breton from Groupama-FDJ cut the line just in front of him.

“I feel ashamed because we worked hard all day with the team, recognized the Belgian from the Jumbo-Visma. And in the end I lost on my own, so I have no words. I saw that the Cofidis runner on my left was beaten, so I thought it was good. But I didn’t see David coming back who accelerated very hard on my right. »

This sequence gave rise to a funny exchange between the two men via Twitter. Has a “Wout the fuck?” Launched by the Frenchman, Van Aert responded with a “Gaudu-verdomme”, pun with the word “Godverdomme” (“name of god”).

UCI WorldTour Dauphine CYCLING – UCI WORLD TOUR / CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE
3rd stage – Saint-Paulien-Chastreix Sancy (169km) – Tuesday June 7, 2022
1- David Gaudu (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) in 4h09’38”
2- Wout Van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) mt
3- Victor Lafay (FRA/Cofidis) mt
4- Ruben Guerreiro (POR/EF Education-EasyPost) mt
5- Kevin Geniets (LUX/Groupama-FDJ) mt
6- Nicholas Schultz (AUS/BikeExchange-Jayco) mt
7- Damiano Caruso (ITA/Bahrain Victorious) mt
8- Dylan Teuns (BEL/Bahrain Victorious) mt
9- Matteo Jorgenson (USA/Movistar) mt
10- Brandon McNulty (USA/UAE Team Emirates) mt

General classification after 3 stages (out of 8)
1- Wout Van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) in 12h50’32”
2- David Gaudu (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 6”
3- Victor Lafay (FRA/Cofidis) at 12”
4- Patrick Konrad (AUT/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 16”
5- Matteo Jorgenson (USA/Movistar) at 16”
6- Ruben Guerreiro (POR/EF Education-EasyPost) at 16”
7- Esteban Chaves (COL/EF Education-EasyPost) at 16”
8- Primoz Roglic (SLO/Jumbo-Visma) at 16”
9- Steff Cras (BEL/Lotto-Soudal) at 16”
10- Ben O’Connor (AUS/AG2R-Citroën) at 16”


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