Cyclist Julian Alaphilippe undergoes hand surgery after crash at Tour of Flanders

BRUSSELS -- World champion Julian Alaphilippe underwent successful surgery on his right hand Monday following his season-ending crash at the Tour of Flanders one-day classic race.

The Frenchman broke two bones in the hand after hitting a motorbike about 20 miles from the finish Sunday.

Alaphilippe was part of a three-man breakaway, and the incident left Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel to edge Belgium's Wout van Aert in a sprint for the win.

"Everything went well for the world champion," Alaphilippe's team, Deceuninck Quick-Step, said of the procedure.

Alaphilippe will be able to resume training in three weeks when the cast protecting his hand will be removed, the Belgian squad said.

"The crash was a scary moment, and when I found myself on the ground, I thought of the worse," Alaphilippe said. "Fortunately, it's not that bad."