France's Julian Alaphilippe celebrates as wins his first 'Monument' race at the Milan-San Remo one-day classic. / © AFP
France's Julian Alaphilippe won a sprint finish for the Milan-San Remo for his first victory in one of cycling's 'Monument' one-day classic races on Saturday.
The Deceuninck Qick-Step rider Alaphilippe finished ahead of a small group of riders, who had broken away near the end of the 291km race through north-western Italy, for his seventh win of the season.
The 26-year-old Alaphilippe sprinted from 600m before raising his arms in triumph after a narrow victory on the Via Roma in the Italian Riviera resort with Belgian Oliver Naesen (AG2R) second and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) in third.