19 Oct 2020

Julian Alaphilippe crashes; Mathieu van der Poel wins Tour of Flanders

It was an eventful Tour of Flanders yesterday, as race favourite Julian Alaphilippe (Elegant-QuickStep) crashed out.

He was on the attack with Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert and Alpecin-Fenix's Mathieu van der Poel on the final 40km stretch, when he crashed into a race motorbike.

The world champion sustained fractures to his right hand and will undergo surgery today.

Image: Deceuninck-QuickStep Twitter
Image: Deceuninck-QuickStep Twitter

Van Aert and van der Poel were able to swerve out of the way, and van der Poel went on to win the race.

Elegant-QuickStep reportedly said -

Alaphilippe, who was making his last appearance of the season in Flanders – which teammate Yves Lampaert finished in fifth place, as Elegant-Quick-Step’s best-placed rider – will be operated Monday morning at the Herentals Clinic by Dr. De Schrijver.

We're hoping he has a speedy recovery!

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