Julian Alaphilippe: package for the Tour de France? The decision on May 15

Julian Alaphilippe: forfait pour le Tour de France? La décision le 15mai ALAPHILIPPE . Still hospitalized, Julian Alaphilippe could miss the Tour de France next July.

Julian Alaphilippe’s package for the next Tour de France is becoming clearer. Seriously injured since Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the world champion is engaged in a race against time to be able to take the start of the Grande Boucle. Asked by Le Parisien, Patrick Lefevere, the boss of the Quick-Step team, explains that it will be very “limited”. “The fracture itself is not a problem. Because it heals on its own. But one of the ribs, the one that punctured Julian’s lung and created the pneumothorax, has really moved a lot and has the biggest fracture. And it is she who worries us a little. Frankly, for the Tour de France, it will be very limited. The 15 May, we will decide according to the recovery of Julian, explains Lefevere.At that time, there will remain six weeks before the start of the Tour and we will make a decision. In the meantime, he very regularly passes radio checks of his coast in order to monitor the consolidation.”

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Short biography of Julian Alaphilippe Born on 11 June 931, in Saint-Amand-Montrond , Julian Alaphilippe grew up in Cher and then in Allier, with his parents, J acques (deceased on 27 last June) and Catherine, who will then give birth to two other boys, Bryan and Léo. He took his first license with the Entente Cycliste Montmarault-Montluçon club. The young cyclist first flourished in cyclo-cross, a discipline where he became junior world vice-champion in 2010, before a serious knee injury slowed his progress. He then signed for three years in the Army team, in Continental pro. In and 2013, he becomes French cyclo-cross champion, which allows him to sign a contract with Etixx-IHNed, reserve of the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team. Alaphilippe made his professional debut in 2014, the year he won his first victory, during of the last stage of the Tour de l’Ain. In 2016, the Frenchman reveals himself to the general public by taking second place in from Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, behind Alejandro Valverde. The following year, he participated in his first Tour de France, during which he slipped into a few breakaways in the mountains. During the road race at the Rio Olympics, he seemed the strongest, but a fall close to the finish destroyed his chances of a gold medal (4th). After a podium on Milan-San Remo and on the Tour of Lombardy, Alaphilippe wins a mountain stage on the Vuelta 2017. The year 2016 allowed him to materialize his rise to power with a victory over the Flèche Wallonne, two stage victories and the jersey of the best climber on the Tour de France, stage victories on the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour of the Basque Country… In 2019, he copiously garnished his prize list by winning his first “Monument”, in this case Milan-San Remo, but also a new Flèche Wallonne, the Strade Bianche , two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico, a stage of Dauphiné… but also and above all by carrying out a Tour de France of great beauty, during which he was on a par with the best for a long time, wearing the yellow jersey for 14 days, wins two stages, the prize for combativeness and fifth place in the final general classification. , after a successful Tour de France (one victory, yellow jersey for three days), i he obtains the Grail by becoming world cycling champion on 27 September, in Imola. HE was then less successful in the classics but still managed to win the Flèche Brabançonne.

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Julian Alaphilippe and the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe has participated in the Tour de France four times. The French started on the Grande Boucle in 2016, with a bit of bad luck, since he is in the fight for a stage victory towards Culoz, before a mechanical incident deprives him of a first success. He finishes 41e in the general classification, after having worn the white jersey of the best young player for five days. In 2018, he is back on the French roads, after a package following a knee operation in 2017. Then in full possession of his means, he won the stage at the top of Grand-Bornand then the one arriving at Bagnères de Luchon. Thanks to his two successes and a great fighting spirit in the passes, the puncheur also won the polka dot jersey for the best climber. In 2019, Alaphilippe saw a dream Tour de France: he won two stages, including the individual time trial in Pau, and passes in total 15 days in yellow, before giving up his leader’s tunic two days before the finish in Paris. His supporters even begin to dream, for a time, of a final victory, but the Auvergne rider finally finishes in 5th place in the final general classification, also being rewarded with the prize for combativeness. In 2021, the Auvergnat leaves on the same bases by winning the 2nd stage and by endorsing the yellow jersey that ‘he will wear for three days. After losing his tunic on penalty, Alaphilippe falls into line, which does not prevent him from going on the offensive on numerous occasions. A way for him to prepare for the world cycling championship scheduled a few weeks later…

Julian Alaphilippe , double reigning World Champion

Sunday 27 september 2020, Julian Alaphilippe became the ninth world champion in road cycling at Imola in Italy, the first since Laurent Brochard in 1992. After winning the race, the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond said: “It was the dream of my career. I was so close so many times but I had never even been on the podium.” In 2021, Alaphilippe did it again in Louvain in Belgium, retaining his title of world champion. In history, only six riders had achieved the feat of keeping the rainbow jersey for at least one more year, Julian Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman to achieve it, even if this performance was not really planned: “Iknow what it’s like to spend a year in the rainbow jersey. I just wanted to do well and to work for the team. It was not planned , I didn’t think I would be able to hold on.”

The salary of Julian Alaphilippe

In great demand, Julian Alaphilippe finally decided to extend his contract with the Belgian team of Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the start of the month of June 2019, for a period of 2 years. While several media were advancing an offer of several million euros from Ineos, the puncher accepted the offer from his manager Patrick Lefévère. We do not know the exact amount of his salary increase, but the French would have, according to the newspaper L’Equipe, a salary included estimated at 2.3 million euros , which would make Alaphilippe the best paid French runner at the moment, ahead of Thibaut Pinot (2 million euros).

Julian Alaphilippe in a relationship with Marion Rousse

Very discreet about his private life for a very long time, Julian Alaphilippe now forms a rather media-oriented couple with Marion Rousse, a former professional cyclist, now a consultant on France TV and also deputy director of the Tour de la Provence. The young woman, who was in a relationship from 2010 to 2019 with Tony Gallopin, another French cyclist, confided in the subject of this new relationship, the 17 april last, in the columns of the Parisian. “No matter my private life. I will always do my job the same and it is the most important for me, she had specified. In life, the priority, of course, is to be happy, we are, That’s all I can say”. The day before, Julian Alaphilippe had notably insisted, in L’Equipe, on the “chance” he had to share confinement with the former champion, in Andorra: “She is really adorable, she supports me, encourages me, a guy like me who is hyperactive, who needs to get some fresh air often”. Julian Alaphilippe and Marion Rousse also announced at the end of January 2021 that they were expecting their first child.


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