On the flank since his serious fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe will be at the start of the road race for the French championships. And this despite a new twist of fate, at the beginning of June.
Will Julian Alaphilippe be at the start of the Tour de France on 1er July ? The question remains unanswered less than ten days before the big start of the Tour. Consequence of the uncertainty which weighs on his state of form after more than two months on the flank. On April 20, the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond suffered a terrible fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège with two broken ribs, a fractured scapula, a hemopneumothorax and four days of hospitalization. .
If he was able to resume training only a fortnight after finishing in the ditch, in respiratory distress and “unable to speak or move” according to Romain Bardet, who came to his rescue, he had to take it easy for a long time, contenting himself with outings based on endurance. After three weeks in the Sierra Nevada, where he was able to take part in the QuickStep altitude training course, the double world champion headed for Livigno in Italy to continue training at altitude.
Affected by a virus
But his program has been somewhat turned upside down. The fault of a virus which deprived him of a few days of training according to The Team. Enough to force him to postpone his decision concerning the Tour de France. The leader of the QuickStep therefore awaits the test of the French Championships on Sunday to decide. If the 240 kilometer course around Cholet will not benefit him and should devote a sprinter, Julian Alaphilippe will listen to his feelings and decide accordingly.
We can have reason to be optimistic
“I’m already back on the bike and I have a motivating goal: to do the Tour de Francehe explained, last month. It’s essential. » Having to skip the Tour would be a huge disappointment. But optimism was in order at the QuickStep in recent days. “Let’s say that if everything continues in the same direction, we can have reason to be optimistic. A few weeks ago, I said it would be 50-50 when discussing Julian’s chances of being on the Tour. There, it is clear that it leans much more in the right direction, ” thus confided Patrick Lefévère, his manager.