Imola — Julian Alaphilippe timed his late attack perfectly to claim the world championship cycling road race title on Sunday, giving France its first rainbow jersey since 1997.

Alaphilippe’s acceleration on the last climb of the 258.2km race left his rivals in his wake and the Frenchman eased to the line with Belgian Wout van Aert having to settle for silver. Swiss Marc Hirschi took bronze...

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