Now just over three weeks from the start of the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe’s participation in the Grande Boucle remains very uncertain.
Julian Alaphilippe has not been unemployed for almost three weeks. The double French world champion has set sail for the Sierra Nevada to take part in the Quick-Step course for the Tour de France. A presence which appeared unexpected at the beginning of May when the Habs, victim of a terrible fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège had just left the hospital and presented two broken ribs, a fractured scapula and a pneumothorax.
An ever-lighter program
But the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond finally recovered quickly from his injuries and was even entitled to extra money in Spain, where he stayed with his cousin and trainer, Franck Alaphilippe, and his physiotherapist while his teammates present at his side have resumed the path of competition. However, Julian Alaphilippe must be content with a lighter problem, made up of outings aimed essentially at working on endurance, “with the reintroduction of some low intensities for a week”according to RMC Sport.
We remain very careful
“Julian is doing pretty well. Afterwards, we are still in a pre-preparation phase. He doesn’t have the training he would have had if he hadn’t crashed in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. It’s not an ideal preparation one month from the Tour de France, but it’s still a preparation that has the merit of existing., explained Franck Alaphilippe. Enough to be at the start of the Tour de France, which will start on the 1er next July? Doubt is allowed. “We don’t know if he will be able to participate in the Tour de France, we will discuss it again at the end of the course, adds Franck Alaphilippe. We remain very cautious, nevertheless it is encouraging, because he is progressing day by day »added his cousin.
He really wants to be on the Tour
“Morally, he is very well, he is aware that a month ago he was in a hospital bed and thinking about it gives him morale. He really wants to be on the Tour, but even if he is not aligned, he will not have done it for nothing, it will be good for the rest of the season., he specified. For the time being, Julian Alaphilippe’s participation in the Tour therefore remains very hypothetical. The fault in particular with the pains felt at the level of the ribs, in particular when it is in dancer or that it accelerates. Even if this pain remains “tolerable”according to his cousin.
Within the Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl formation, caution is required. “His participation in the Tour is still in the balance, but we cannot say which way the balance will tip”, entrusted a lieutenant of Patrick Lefévère, adding that “The fractures have yet to solidify.” The time trial continues.
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