ALAFILIPPO. Still under observation in hospital after his crash in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe could miss the 2022 Tour de France.
In his weekly column in the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Patrick Lefevere, manager of Julian Alaphilippe, broke the news of the world champion and took stock a few weeks before the start of the Tour de France 2022. “The big question is whether Julian will be there when the Tour goes to Denmark. In the best of cases he is back in the saddle in mid-May, he still has six weeks to go. A Tour de France with or without him makes a big difference, especially from a commercial but also a sporting point of view “. A few days ago Tom Steels, one of his directors too, had pointed out that to see Julian at the Tour “he will need a convalescence” his recovery will have to go perfectly “.
Also questioned on the replacement of Julian Alaphilippe and on the track of Remco Evenepoel, the manager confirmed that the Belgian will not make the Tour. “Replace him with Remco Evenepoel? We respect his schedule. Who can replace Alaphilippe? We will solve the problems when they arise”.
Short biography of Julian Alaphilippe Born on 11 June 1992 in Saint-Amand-Montrond, Julian Alaphilippe grew up in Cher and then in Allier, with his parents, Jacques (died June 27) and Catherine, who later gave birth to two other boys, Bryan and Leone. He took his first license with Entente Cycliste Montmarault-Montluçon club. The young cyclist first grew up in cyclocross, a discipline in which he became junior world champion in 2010, before a serious knee injury slowed his progress. He then signed for three years in the army team, in Continental pro. In 2012 and 2013 he became French cyclocross champion, which allowed him to sign a contract with Etixx-IHNed, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step reserve team. Alaphilippe made his professional debut in 2014, the year in which he achieved his first victory, during the last stage of the Tour de l’Ain. In 2015 the Frenchman revealed himself to the general public by winning second place in Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, behind Alejandro Valverde. The following year he participated in his first Tour de France, during which he embarked on some mountain escapes. During the road race at the Rio Olympics he looked the strongest, but a fall near the finish destroyed his chances for a gold medal (4th). After the podium at the Milan-Sanremo and the Giro di Lombardia, Alaphilippe won a stage in the mountains at the Vuelta 2017. stages and the jersey of the best climber of the Tour de France, stage victories at the Critérium du Dauphiné, at the Tour of the Basque Country … In 2019 he garnished his prizes list copiously by winning his first “Monument”, in this case Milan-Sanremo, but also a new Flèche Wallonne, the Strade Bianche, two stages of the Tirreno-Adriatico, a stage of the Dauphiné. .. but also and above all by completing a Tour de France of great beauty, during which for a long time he was on par with the best, he wore the yellow jersey for 14 days, he obtained two stage victories, the prize for combativeness and fifth place in the final general classification In 2020, after a successful Tour de France (one victory, yellow jersey for three days), he obtained the Grail by becoming world champion in cycling on 27 September, in Imola. He then had less success in the classics but still managed to win the Flèche Brabançonne.
Julian Alaphilippe has four participations in the Tour de France. The Frenchman started on the Grande Boucle in 2016, with a bit of bad luck, as he fought for the stage victory towards Culoz, before a mechanical accident deprived him of his first success. He finished 41st overall, after wearing the white jersey of the best youngster for five days. In 2018 he returned to French roads, after retiring following a knee operation in 2017. Then in full possession of his equipment, he won the stage at the top of Grand-Bornand then the one arriving in Bagnères de Luchon. Thanks to his two successes and a great determination in passing, the boxer also won the polka dot jersey for the best climber. In 2019 Alaphilippe experiences a dream Tour de France: he wins two stages, including the individual time trial in Pau, and spends a total of 14 days in yellow, before giving up the leader’s jersey two days before his arrival in Paris. His fans even began to dream, for a while, of a final victory, but the Auvergne driver finally closed in 5th place in the final general classification, also being rewarded with the prize for combativeness. In 2020 the Auvergnat restarts on the same basis by winning the 2nd stage and wearing the yellow jersey that he will wear for three days. After losing the jersey on a penalty, Alaphilippe gets in line, which does not prevent him from going on the attack on numerous occasions. A way to prepare for the cycling world championship scheduled a few weeks later …
On Sunday 27 September 2020, Julian Alaphilippe became the ninth road cycling world champion at Imola in Italy, the first since Laurent Brochard in 1997. After winning the race, the Saint-Amand-Montrond native said: “C It was my career dream. I’ve been so close so many times but I’ve never even been on the podium. ” In 2021 Alaphilippe did it again in Leuven in Belgium, retaining the title of world champion. In history, only six riders had achieved the feat of keeping the world championship jersey for at least another year, Julian Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman to reach it, even if this performance was not really planned: “JI know what it’s like to spend a year with the rainbow jersey. I just wanted to do well and work for the team. It wasn’t expected, I didn’t think I could resist “.
In high demand, Julian Alaphilippe has finally decided to extend his contract with the Belgian team Deceuninck – Quick-Step in early June 2019, for a period of 2 years. While several media outlets were putting forward an offer of several million euros from Ineos, the boxer accepted the offer of his manager Patrick Lefévère. We do not know the exact amount of his salary increase, but the French would, according to the newspaper L’Equipe,including salary estimated at 2.3 million euroswhich would make Alaphilippe the highest paid French rider at the moment, ahead of Thibaut Pinot (€ 2 million).
Very discreet for a long time about his private life, Julian Alaphilippe now forms a rather media-friendly couple with Marion Rousse, a former professional cyclist, now a consultant for France TV and also Deputy Director of the Tour de la Provence. The young woman, who had a relationship from 2008 to 2019 with Tony Gallopin, another French cyclist, confided in the subject of this new relationship, on April 17, on the columns of Parisian. “My private life doesn’t matter. I will always do my job the same and it’s the most important to me,” he specified. In life the priority, of course, is to be happy, we are, that’s all I can say. ” The day before Julian Alaphilippe had particularly insisted, in L’Equipe, on the “possibility” he had of sharing confinement with the former champion, in Andorra: “She is really adorable, she supports me, encourages me, a boy like me who he is hyperactive, who often needs to take a breath of fresh air. ” Julian Alaphilippe and Marion Rousse also announced at the end of January 2021 that they were expecting their first child.