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France's Alaphilippe retains men's world title

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Cycling - UCI Road World Championships - Leuven, Belguim - September 26, 2021 France's Julian Alaphilippe leads during the race REUTERS/Yves Herman

LEUVEN, Belgium, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Defending champion Julian Alaphilippe of France won the men's road race at the cycling world championships on Sunday, a 268.3-km ride from Antwerp to Leuven.

Dutchman Dylan van Baarle took second place, and Denmark's Michael Valgren finished third.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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