He will be making his big comeback to competition! Two months after his heavy fall, which occurred on Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) makes its comeback on the occasion of the online race of French Championships which will take place this Sunday. A relief. “I’m happy to be here and put on a bib on Sunday. I believe that is the most important. It’s always a special moment, especially in a French championship, and even more so after these last difficult weeks. Now it’s behind me, and I hope to have fun during the race“, he explains during the presentation of the riders.
Video – Julian Alaphilippe’s big comeback is Sunday!
“I want to test myself, to make efforts, to find the different rhythm of the race”
“The last few weeks have been a bit of a “roller-coaster”continues Julian Alaphilippe. Sunday, I want to test myself, to make efforts, to find the different pace of the race, to see where I am after a few weeks of training. […] The feelings were good. On the course at altitude, I was happy, especially at the end. Unfortunately, I fell ill on the way home, so I missed a few days of training. This is also uncertainty. But if I refer to the work I was able to do during my long internship, I am satisfied.“
Back in the wheels â³ pic.twitter.com/QfdTJtHOwy
— Julian Alaphilippe Official (@alafpolak1) May 25, 2022
“I want to do the Tour de France but…”
These French championships will above all serve as a final test for the 30-year-old runner before a possible selection for the Tour de France (July 1-24). “JI want to do the Tour, of course! But my condition is an unknown. And the selection happens higher, at the team level. Putting myself on the Tour can be good, but wanting to take a little more time for me to come back properly can be good too. I don’t want to be on the Tour at 70%“, declares the runner of Quick-Step Alpha Vinylbefore admitting that the decision “will be part of his team“.
But two months after his fall and the heavy toll occasioned, Julian Alaphilippe must above all take new bearings: “I’m not going to say I’m scared, but I’ve noticed it on some runs, some things have changed. I may have a little more fear. I don’t think about the crash anymore, but I don’t know how it’s going to be in the peloton, when it’s going to go down fast, when there will be brakes… I know it can be weird at the start. And that’s also why I’m here, it’s to take over these automatisms, and not just to see where I am physically. I want to run!“