Alaphilippe, the big lie?

While Julian Alaphilippe still hopes to be at the start of the Tour de France in three weeks, Laurent Jalabert does not believe in the diagnosis announced after his terrible fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

In view of the images and the long minutes during which Julian Alaphilippe had remained motionless at the foot of the tree against which he had landed after being caught in the violent collective fall which occurred about sixty kilometers from the finish of Liège-Bastogne -Liège, the French rider seemed to have got away with it at a lower cost. Two broken ribs, a fractured scapula and a pneumothorax: such was the diagnosis made the day after his fall.

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The first diagnosis was wrong

And if the double world champion tricolor had been left to stay a few days in the hospital, he had been reassured by the examinations passed two weeks later, the doctors giving him the green light to resume light training on rollers. An express recovery that surprised Laurent Jalabert. “I talked to a pulmonologist who told me, when we learned that Julian was getting back on the bike two weeks after his accident: it’s impossible that he had a pneumothorax. It prevents you from breathing. In my opinion, the first diagnosis was not the right one”he thus entrusted in the columns of the Parisian.

For me it will be on the Tour

The former sprinter is also convinced: the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond will be at the start of the Tour de France on July 1. “For me, he will be on the Tour and I even think he will be strong because he will have raced less and will be full of juice. We’re talking aboutalaphilippe precisely not from anyone », he added. Currently on an internship in the Sierra Nevada, Julian Alaphilippe is still in uncertainty. At least that’s what Franck Alaphilippe, his cousin and trainer, recently confided.

Caution is advised

“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 it is progressing day by day”, he added.

“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. 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.”

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