Tour de Wallonie - Davide Ballerini : «Alaphilippe me l

Tour de Wallonie – Davide Ballerini: “Alaphilippe told me so!”

Resistance, success and confidence, these were the ingredients of the victory of David Ballerini on the fourth stage of Tour of Wallonia. The Italian slipped into the morning breakaway which was able to resist the return of the peloton which was only a few meters behind on the last climb, about ten kilometers from the finish. Ideally placed under the red flame, the team member of Julian Alaphilippewho had won the first stage before retiring, at Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl started his sprint at the right time and won without difficulty. He detailed his race after the finish.

Video – Julian Alaphilippe predicted Ballerini’s victory

“Skjelmose Jensen helped us a lot”

“The stage was very hard, especially in its first part to take the breakaway”did he declare. “We didn’t have much of a lead, five minutes at most. We were caught, we left… I got on well with my breakaway companions, we collaborated. When Mattias Skjelmose Jensen (Trek- Segafredo) came back on us he helped us a lot. We were barely ten seconds ahead and we managed to go to the end. I felt good and I knew I had the potential, but it had been a while since I hadn’t won. You never know how the others are in this situation, there were others who were fast, Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) in particular. Yesterday, Julian Alaphilippe said to me “tomorrow you you will be in the breakaway and you will win”, this victory is for him”.


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