Imola (dpa) – World cycling champion Julian Alaphilippe has already set his sights on his Imola coup during the Tour de France. This is what the Frenchman said on the podium, decorated with a rainbow jersey and gold medal.

“During the tour I already focused on the World Cup. Today a dream came true”, said 28-year-old Alaphilippe.

After a stage victory and the conquest of the yellow jersey in Nice, the French star had been surprisingly slow in the last week – this Sunday, however, he left the entire race at the 258.2 kilometers around Imola.

Even all-rounder Wout van Aert from Belgium and the Swiss Marc Hirschi were left behind against the French. “Winning the world title was the biggest goal of my career. I was very motivated, we drove a great race. It’s very difficult to describe this feeling,” said Alaphilippe, who visibly cried with tears during the awards ceremony. had to fight.

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