Alaphilippe ever closer to the Tour

As the Tour de France kicks off in three weeks, Patrick Lefévère said he has a hint of optimism about the possibility for the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team to field Julian Alaphilippe.

The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team is anything but resigned. A little over two months after his violent fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe is getting closer to a resumption of competition. Indeed, the double world champion recently took the direction of the Sierra Nevada in order to participate in a training course to prepare for his training and intends to rally the Italian Alps in order to continue the work which should lead him to a return to the peloton. While he suffered from a pneumothorax but also from several fractured ribs, Julian Alaphilippe gave proof of his form during training outings with his teammates. ” Julian’s internship went really well but there is a difference between an internship and the competition “, recently confided Patrick Lefévère, boss of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, in remarks collected by the daily The Parisian.

Lefévère: “We can have reasons to be optimistic”

If the Belgian leader assures that he will hold “a telephone meeting between us in order to compare all our information”, he shows optimistic reasoning as to a very soon return to competition from Julian Alaphilippe. ” Say if everything continues in the same direction, we can have reason to be optimistic, says Patrick Lefevere. 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. The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl training boss also recalled the obstacle course the rainbow jersey wearer has gone through in recent weeks. “He still had three fractures. The most worrying was the lung and that’s over, he confided. But then you had to grit your teeth to ride despite the pain. The latter has, it seems, gradually disappeared and should convince its leaders to trust it on the roads of the Grande Boucle, from July 1st. A presence at the French championships could be the trial run necessary to confirm the sensations.

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