French rider Julian Alaphilippe confirmed his status as the top cyclist so far this season by winning the Milan-San Remo classic on Saturday.

Alaphilippe, who rides for the Quick-Step team, edged Oliver Naesen of AG2R and Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky in a 10-man sprint at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan finished fourth.

French rider Julian Alaphilippe, right, sprints ahead of Oliver Naesen, at his left, at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)
French rider Julian Alaphilippe, right, sprints ahead of Oliver Naesen, at his left, at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)

It was Alaphilippe’s seventh win this season, adding to his Strade Bianche title this month and stage wins in the Vuelta a San Juan (2), Tour of Colombia, and Tirreno-Adriatico (2).

Alaphilippe attacked on the final climb up the Poggio and was followed by a small group of other elite riders to set up the sprint. He finished with a time of nearly seven hours.

“I will need some time to realize what I have achieved today,” Alaphilippe said. “We made the race hard and I stayed focused. … I made no mistake. It’s unbelievable.”

French rider Julian Alaphilippe celebrates on podium after winning the sprint at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)
French rider Julian Alaphilippe celebrates on podium after winning the sprint at the end of the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)

Fausto Masnada, the last remaining rider from an early 10-man breakaway, was caught with 25 kilometers to go.

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French rider Julian Alaphilippe, center, celebrates his victory on podium with runnerup Oliver Naesen, left, and third placed Michal Kwiatkowski after the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)
French rider Julian Alaphilippe, center, celebrates his victory on podium with runnerup Oliver Naesen, left, and third placed Michal Kwiatkowski after the 291-kilometer (181-mile) route along the Italian Riviera for the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling classic, in Sanremo, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)
Peter Sagan signs authographs at the start of the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling race in Milan, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)
Peter Sagan signs authographs at the start of the 110th edition of the Milano-Sanremo cycling race in Milan, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Dario Belinghieri/ANSA via AP)

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