Cycling: Julian Alaphilippe will challenge the French Championships well

It’s not a surprise but, as we announced on June 11, Julian Alaphilippe will compete in the French Road Championships on June 26 in Cholet. His Quick-Step team made it official on Tuesday in a press release. The double world champion has not put on a bib since April 24 and his serious fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège where he fractured three ribs, a shoulder blade and suffered from pneumothorax. Since then, Alaphilippe has resumed training on a home-trainer, after two weeks of immobilization, before joining some of his Quick-Step teammates on an internship in Sierra Nevada.

He had long ago, with his entourage, decided that he had to compete in the next Tour de France (starting on July 1 from Copenhagen), he had to compete in a race before. The choice was not complicated since on the French calendar his only possibility was the French Road Championships in Cholet. The layout promises victory for a sprinter. Alaphilippe will therefore not line up to shine, but only to find sensations and recover a little rhythm before the start of the Grande Boucle. And incidentally to try to help, even if it will be complicated against the Groupama-FDJ of Arnaud Démare, his teammate Remi Cavagna to keep his tricolor jersey of champion of France.

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