PIt seemed crazy to raise it just two months ago, when the report of injuries that had left the serious fall of Julian Alaphilippe in the Liège-Bastogne-Liègebut with just over a week to go before the ‘Grand depart’ there is a possibility that the world champion will be part of the most important race of the year.
Last April 24, Julian was fighting for his first ‘Dean’ when a massive fall changed his plans completely. Among the crowd of cyclists and bicycles it was not easy to distinguish anyone. However, the repetitions helped us to notice that to the right of the road, beyond the limit of the asphalt, in a ditch; Romain Bardet worried about a fallen runner by a tree. He was his countryman. The balance was two ribs and a broken scapula, in addition to a hemopneumothorax. And not so bad for what it seemed at first.
Only three weeks laterCher’s biker was diagnosed as fit for training after some tests that determined that his pneumothorax was completely overcome. By mid-May, the world champion was back on the roller and a week later he was already in Sierra Nevada, at his team’s concentrationalthough working in personalized sessions.
The runner did not give up and was fully confident in the progress of his recovery. In these two months, Julian he has never given up hope of being part of the Tour de France team.
Julian training in his third week in Sierra Nevada
After joining his teammates in the Andalusian concentration camp on May 24, Julian has completed a total of three weeks of training in our lands. On June 12, precisely the day after his 30th birthday, the versatile Quick-Step cyclist ended his stay in Malaga and set his sights on returning to competition.
return to competition
Now, almost two months after the fall, we know that Julian Alaphilippe will return to competition next Sunday, June 26exactly nine weeks after the Liège-Bastogne-Liège; at the French National Championships in Cholet. This has been made public his team, which has not yet presented those chosen for the Tourwaiting to see the evolution of the double world champion.
Patrick Lefevredirector del Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, Trust in being able to count on your franchise broker and that is why they rush the dates to give the eight names of those chosen for the ‘Grande Boucle’. Everything will depend on his performance in the French championship and the sensations that the day leaves him. A day that is demanding enough to assess Alaphilippe’s performance, since the route consists of a total of 241.7 km.
Thus, the French championship that takes place this Sunday is the litmus test that will decide if the world champion is in Copenhagen on July 1 trying to extend his track record of six stage victories in the gala round.