Cycling - Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl: Alaphilippe back for the French Championships?  - Sports 365

Published on June 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. – updated on June 14, 2022 at 11:22 a.m.

Guillaume MARION

Absent since his fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) could return to competition in a few days at the French Championships on June 26 in Cholet.

Good news for Julian Alaphilippe before the Tour de France? Stopped since the end of April following his terrible fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Frenchman could soon make his return to competition. In effect, the person concerned is currently on the list of entries for the road race of the French Road Championships, according to the latest information from L’Equipe. Thus almost two months after his last race, the puncher of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl formation could be on track on June 26 in Cholet, a few days before the start of the Tour de France (July 1, in Copenhagen). Although registered for this race, whose profile seems made for sprinters, the presence of the double world champion has not yet been confirmed, but this meeting will undoubtedly be the last opportunity for the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond to test himselfbefore possibly tackling serious things on the Grande Boucle, five days later.

Cholet on the way to Copenhagen?

His participation in this competition in Maine-et-Loire would confirm the trend of the moment. In recent days, Patrick Lefévère, the boss of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, confided to the Parisian that “ if everything continues in the same direction, we can have reason to be optimistic », About the possible presence of Alaphilippe on the Tour de France. After several interesting weeks at altitude in Sierre Nevada (Spain), the recent 30-year-old seems to be holding his own. In 12 days, the latter could therefore find the big favorite Arnaud Démare, but also Pavel Sivakov, who recently obtained French sports nationality, or David Gaudu and his teammates Florian Sénéchal and Rémi Cavagna at the start of the event. On the other hand, Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet will not line up during these French Championships. The latter training at altitude (Switzerland then Tignes), as he told L’Equipe.

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