On the flank since his heavy fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe continues to drop in the UCI ranking.
Julian Alaphilippe sees the end of the tunnel. After three weeks of altitude training in the Sierra Nevada, the French rider, on the side since his heavy fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège, is on time to be at the start of the Tour de France, the 1er next July. At least that’s what Patrick Lefevere, its sporting director, clearly suggested. “ Let’s say that if everything continues in the same direction, we can have reason to be optimistic. 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 », he thus confided in the columns of the Parisian.
Dropped to ninth place
The preparation of the tricolor double world champion will nevertheless be reduced to the strict minimum since he will participate, at best, in the French championships. These two months without competition will inevitably have consequences on his state of form and will also be felt in the UCI ranking. At the foot of the podium before the Ardennes classics, the leader of the QuickStep fell again by one rank this week and is now in 9e rank.
This new lost place is the result of the good progress of Jonas Vingegaard, second in the Critérium du Dauphiné and now seventh in the standings after gaining three ranks. And Julian Alaphilippe could still retreat since he is under direct threat from Stefan Küng, who is competing in the Tour de Suisse this week.
Roglic new dolphin
At the top of the standings, if Tadej Pogacar is still firmly in the leader’s chair, Primoz Roglic, winner of the Dauphiné, took second place at the expense of his teammate Wout Van Aert, third ahead of Richard Carapaz and Remco Evenepoel.
Individual ranking as of June 13, 2022
1- Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE Team Emirates) 5281 points
2- Primoz Roglic (SLO/Jumbo-Visma) 4010 (+1)
3- Wout Van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) 3756 (-1)
4- Richard Carapaz (EQU / Ineos Grenadiers) 3282
5- Remco Evenpoel (BEL/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) 3404
6- Matej Mohoric (SLO/Bahrain Victorious) 2753
7- Jonas Vingegaard (DAN / Jumbo-Visma) 2403 (+3)
8- Mathieu van der Poel (PBS / Alpecin-Fenix) 2362 (-1)
9- Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) 2188.67 (-1)
10- Stefan Küng (SUI/Groupama-FDH) 2164 (-1)