Cycling

Alaphilippe drops out of San Sebastián Classic

Julian Alaphilippe (Getty Images)
Julian Alaphilippe (Getty Images)

San Sebastian - Julian Alaphilippe dropped out of the San Sebastian Classic on Saturday, following up on his Tour de France disappointment by abandoning the Basque Country race 90 kilometres into his ride.

"#Klasikoa defending champion @alafpolak1 has stopped after 90 kilometers," his team Deceuninck-Quick Step announced on Twitter.

The 27-year-old, who held the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for 14 stages before being overhauled by eventual winner Egan Bernal, reportedly pulled up with muscle fatigue built up since the end of the Tour, which finished last weekend.

Alaphilippe was hotly tipped to retain his title in San Sebastian, and the race also looked set to feature a renewed battle between him and Ineos' Tour champion Bernal.

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