Will Julian Alaphilippe be at the start of the Tour de France 2022?  "I want to do the Tour, of course, but..."

Will Julian Alaphilippe be at the start of the Tour de France 2022? “I want to do the Tour, of course, but…”

We are used to trying to dissect the communication of Julian Alaphilippe. He often likes to present himself as an outsider, to highlight his team. But during the road race of the French Championships this Sunday in Cholet, his lack of ambition for victory will not suffer from great mistrust, on the side of public opinion and the peloton. The reigning double world champion is on the mend, with a Tour de France (July 1-24) still unclear in his sights.
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On April 24, his severe fall in a ditch marked the spirits, including those of a Romain Bardet who tried to help him. But above all, she marked her body. Julian Alaphilippe left the road to Liège-Bastogne-Liège victim of a hemopneumothorax and multiple fractures. So much so that the Doyenne, her first big goal in 2022, mortgaged the second. For weeks, the participation of the 30-year-old puncher in the Tour has been pending.

Bardet came to the aid of Alaphilippe after his fall

“There are several options”

I want to do the Tour, of course, but there is the unknown on my condition and then the selection is also happening higher“, he lamented this Friday, as reported by AFP, one week before the start of the Grande Boucle, in Copenhagen. Alaphilippe does not rule out the possibility of a careful revision of his program : “There are several options, put me on the Tour, it can be good, or take more time for me to come back properly.”

I resumed my rhythm without necessarily wanting to follow the others“, describes the one who had ignited the Tour de France 2019, concerning his return to training. An internship reinvigorated him: “If I refer to what I was able to do as work during this long internship, I’m happyBut a health glitch darkened the picture, for the one who has six bouquets in five participations in the “TDF”: “I fell ill a few days later (…) It’s also that, a little, the uncertainty.”

Need to double reassure

Alaphilippe is in search of sensation. In the legs. In the head. “It’s not that I’m scared, but I’ve seen it on some descents, some things may have changed a bit (…) I don’t think about the fall anymore, but I haven’t resorted so I don’t know how it will be in the peloton, when it will go down quickly or when there will be brakes. These may be things that will seem weird at first.” Hence the importance of “France”: “That’s also why I’m here, to resume automatisms.”

“Alaf” could be of valuable support for Rémi Cavagna and Florian Sénéchal on Sunday. Then, according to AFP, the composition of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl for the July high mass will be announced early next week. In addition to the presence, or not, of Julian Alaphilippe, the choice of sprinter Fabio Jakobsen rather than Mark Cavendish, joint record holder for the number of stages won on the Tour de France with Eddy Merckx (34), awaits confirmation.

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