Cycling

Alaphilippe seals men’s road race title

Julian Alaphilippe has retained the men’s road race title at the Road World Championships in Belgium.

The 29-year-old Frenchman finished the 268.3km race in five hours 56 minutes 34 seconds.

There was a sprint finish for silver which was taken by Dutchman Dylan van Baarle, while Denmark’s Michael Valgren finished third.

Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock managed a sixth-placed finish, 49 seconds behind the champion.

Pidcock, 22, said: “Alaphilippe did an unreal ride and fair play to him. I was just saving it for one attack and I waited too long and I missed the train.”

Alaphilippe claimed the rainbow jersey for the second year running after winning in Italy last year.

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