"We have to try to surprise" - Julian Alaphilippe looking to use outsider strategy to fight for top result at Tour of Flanders

Soudal - Quick-Step is being led by Julian Alaphilippe and Kasper Asgreen at the Tour of Flanders but it will not be easy to perform in the front. The Belgian team has struggled so far, and so it's leaders look to surprise and try something different.

In his debut back in 2020, Alaphilippe was in the fight for the win together with Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. The 2021 and 2023 did not ultimately work out for the Frenchman, but once again he aims for success in the cobbles and Flanders is the biggest goal of his spring.

“We are very motivated and we will do everything we can to perform well on Sunday," he said ahead of the race. "We have to race as a team and do our best to do something different than what people are used to. We have to try to surprise.”

Thus far, results are not too promising. The former World Champion was 26th at Dwars door Vlaanderen and that was ultimately his best result in the cobbles. He was in the Top10 at Milano-Sanremo so he definitely may have the legs to perform with the best, if he is on a good day.

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