Cycling – Tour de France
Two months after a terrible fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe is making his comeback this Sunday, during the French championships. A presence, which is not a guarantee of participation in the next Tour de France. Asked about his physical condition, his entourage maintains doubt. A decision should be made by next Tuesday.
D-5 before the start of Tour de France. The peloton will start next Friday from Copenhagen, during an individual time trial. A few days before the start, the teams begin to reveal their composition. But not Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, who decided to postpone his announcement until Tuesday at the latest. The reason ? The doubts that exist about the participation of Julian Alaphilippe. The French rider had fallen heavily on Liege-Bastogne-Liege, almost two months ago. Victim of a pneumothorax, a fractured scapula and with two broken ribs, the reigning world champion had worried many people. But luckily for him, the exams were reassuring. ” We feared that the problem with his lungs would take the longest to heal and it was the opposite. We tried to remain optimistic the day after his accident, but the fact that his respiratory pain quickly subsided greatly relieved us (…) What has always motivated him is the prospect of doing the Tour. Preparing only for the end of the season would have pleased him less. There, he had a course, a goal said his cousin and trainer Frank Alaphilippe in an interview with The Team. This Sunday, Alaphilippe finds his way back to competition. A surprise for those who weren’t sure of getting back on a bike anytime soon. The Frenchman arrives in this race with the desire to do well, but without real ambition. Especially since the apprehension remains present. “ It’s not that I’m scared, but I’ve seen it on some runs, 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 look weird at first. That’s also why I’m here, to get back on my feet, not just to see where I’m at physically. he confided.
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“We don’t want to do anything stupid”
Then it will be time to think about the Tour de France ? Asked about his participationJulian Alaphilippe did not hide his desire to participate in the Grande Boucle. “ I want to do the Tour, of course, but there is also the unknown about my condition and then the selection is also happening higher. I fell ill a few days after the course, on my way home, so I missed a few more days of training. That’s also a bit of uncertainty. If I refer to what I was able to do in terms of work during this long internship, I am happy » he explained on Saturday. But in his entourage, we prefer to be cautious. His performance during the French championships will be observed by those responsible for the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, who will make a decision in the next few hours. ” We don’t want to do stupid things “replies his team in comments reported by The Team. First elements of response this Sunday.