‘Dream come true’: Alaphilippe in rainbow jersey after world title win

first_img“I’ve been so close so many times, but I had never even been on the podium.” Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar vainly launched an attack on the penultimate climb at Cima Gallisterna, 42km from the finish line. The 22-year-old was reeled in by Van Aert’s teammates, with the Slovenian finishing down the field in 33rd position. Alaphilippe then attacked on the final climb less than 12km from the finish line, holding on to finish 24 seconds ahead of his rivals with Van Aert settling for his second silver after Friday’s time-trial. Topics : For Alaphilippe this season had so far reaped modest success compared to 2019 when he won the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and the Fleche Wallonne, before wearing the Tour de France yellow jersey for 14 days.This year, he won the second stage of the Tour in Nice on August 30 and wore the yellow jersey for three days, but in Imola he captured the rainbow jersey for a year. Pogacar muzzled “It’s a new chance,” Alaphilippe had warned as national coach Thomas Voeckler built the French team around the rider from the Loire, who had missed out in three previous editions.This time, the Frenchman who rides for the Deceuninck Quick-Step team, was not picked off by his rivals despite Van Aert’s imposing presence in the chasing pack. “I came here with a lot of ambition, and today the France team was very strong,” said an emotional Alaphilippe. The race got underway under overcast skies in Emilia-Romagna and only took shape 70km from the finish with the French team of Quentin Pacher, Nans Peters and Kenny Elissonde putting pressure on their rivals.After Pogacar was muzzled by van Aert’s teammates Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens, heading into the final 20km, Alaphilippe patiently waited for his moment.That came on the approach of the top of the final ascent of Gallisterna, over 2.7km and with a 6.4 percent gradient.The French rider then put his foot on the pedal charging down the narrow road, in descending false flats, to the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Racetrack in Imola.At the entrance to the racing circuit, 3.4km from the finish, the job was done with 14 seconds on his rivals and the rainbow jersey waiting for him at the finish line. France’s Julian Alaphilippe claimed his first world title in the men’s road race on Sunday to fulfil his “career dream” of wearing the rainbow jersey.Alaphilippe crossed the line alone in Imola ahead of Belgian Wout van Aert and Swiss Marc Hirschi after more than six and a half hours in the saddle over 258km through the hills of Romagna.”It was the dream of my career,” said the 28-year-old, who became the first French rider to claim the world title since Laurent Brochard in 1997. last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes tweet slamming Arsenal fans who abused him after Crystal Palace draw

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang won last season’s Premier League Golden Boot and is Arsenal’s top scorer this term (Picture: Twitter)Aubameyang who, like Xhaha, has been left out of the squad for tonight’s Carabao Cup fourth round tie against Liverpool, reacted on Twitter by liking a message of support.The Gabon international has scored eight goals in 11 starts this season but has failed to find the back of the next in his last three Premier League appearances.In his and Xhaka’s absence at Anfield tonight, meanwhile, Mesut Ozil could wear the captain’s armband with Emery set to hand the 31-year-old a chance to salvage his Arsenal career having been left out of the last six matches altogether.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We need his quality, his skill and his consistency,’ admitted Emery at his pre-match press conference.‘We need his positive mentality and then he will help us on the pitch. That’s the next step.‘I think he’s done the steps before, and now I want the steps like in pre-season and one month ago to help us on the pitch.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 2:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link203Shares ‘Devastated’ Xhaka should apologise, says EmeryTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:48Fullscreen’Devastated’ Xhaka should apologise, says Emeryhttps://metro.co.uk/video/devastated-xhaka-apologise-says-emery-2038132/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Arsenal should consider Patrick Vieira as manager after Unai Emery, believes Nigel WinterburnMORE: Liverpool vs Arsenal TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was abused by his own fans following Arsenal’s draw against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has responded to the abuse he suffered following Arsenal’s draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday by liking a tweet slamming the fan who screamed ‘£2,000 a year to watch s***… f*** off!’ as he attempted to leave the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal dropped two points after throwing away a two-goal lead and were then denied a late winner after VAR controversially ruled out Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s strike for supposed a foul by Calum Chambers on Luka Milivojevic.The result, however, was overshadowed by Granit Xhaka’s reaction to being booed by his own fans following his 61st minute substitution. The club captain trudged off the pitch, before cupping his ear, throwing the armband to the floor and storming down the tunnel having brushed aside the hand of his manager Unai Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka was not the only Arsenal player to be targeted for abuse, however, with last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner and September’s Player of the Month the target of vitriol as he attempted to make a speedy getaway.ADVERTISEMENT Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes tweet slamming Arsenal fans who abused him after Crystal Palace drawcenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more