Imola (dpa) – World Cycling Champion Julian Alaphilippe compares his often spectacular races with the staging of films. That said the 28-year-old to the French sports newspaper “L’Equipe”. “In fact, I am both an actor and a spectator of my races,” said Alaphilippe.

His career already offers enough material “to write a book”, the Frenchman continued. Alaphilippe won the title for the first time on the road in Imola on Sunday, leaving the Belgian Wout van Aert and Marc Hirschi from Switzerland behind.

For the World Cup, Alaphilippe already won Milan-Sanremo and five stages in the Tour de France. Its path is “anything but linear”, explained the classic with its extremely explosive acceleration. “There are highs, there are lows, there are bends, there are cliffs. I cannot describe what I experienced on Sunday,” said Alaphilippe. On the podium of the winner at the Imola circuit, the new world champion had shattered tears.

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