He finished 16th after he faded on the Cote des Roche aux Faucons, and his face was grim when he crossed the line and he jumped over some low-lying barriers after the line to get to the bus as quickly as possible.
But despite the disappointment, Alaphilippe took his defeat gracefully, re-emerging from the bus, to spend time signing autographs for young fans.
As the Frenchman pointed out to the journalists afterwards, he had much to celebrate about 2019, and if Liège had not worked out as well as he wanted, “many riders would be delighted with what I’ve achieved so far this year.
“I have no regrets because I finished this race totally empty, I was scraping right at the bottom of the tank, it’s been quite a while since I’ve finished a race like that,” Alaphilippe told reporters. “So I feel like I’ve been knocked flat but even so I’m still satisfied with my race.”
Deceuninck-QuickStep took an aggressive line in the race, pushing hard to keep their rivals under control, briefly sending Philippe Gilbert up the road before trying to keep a dangerous 10-rider break in hand.
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