Julian Alaphilippe defines road to Tour de France, starting with Strade Bianche
Jul 15 2020 11:20 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe defines road to Tour de France, starting with Strade Bianche
Julian Alaphilippe defines road to Tour de France, starting with Strade Bianche
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe © Deceuninck-Quick-Step Cycling Team / Getty Images

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe has announced that he will resume his season at Strade Bianche, the first race on his road to the Tour de France.

The Frenchman made his debut at the 2019 edition of the Italian race, and he took the victory ahead of Jakob Fuglsang. Despite the changes of the calendar forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, Alaphilippe has decided to defend his title and return to the race of the white roads.

"Winning last year was an amazing feeling, one of my best memories of the season," said Alaphilippe. "I came at the start with a great shape, was really focused and had a very strong team always around me until the race came to life inside the final hour. I love the parcours and the atmosphere of Strade Bianche and it will be interesting to restart the season there, especially as it comes after a different preparation than I had last year.

The winner of the Velo d'Or 2019 will also be at Milano-Sanremo, the race in which he took his maiden Monument win. "Taking my first Monument on the Via Roma was incredible!" Alaphilippe explained. "I owe that victory to the Wolfpack, they were absolutely incredible on that day. Having great legs and being very confident also helped me claim what I still consider the biggest victory of my career. I'm happy to be back at the start this year and pin on number one on my jersey."

And before starting in his third Tour de France, the Frenchman will be at the Criterium du Dauphine (August 12-16) and the National Championships (August 23). "The Dauphiné is the best preparation for the Tour de France," he affirmed. "It will be a special edition with many hard stages, but that doesn't scare me and I would love to win again a stage, like last year. As for the National Championships, I think it's every rider's dream to win the tricolour. I will give it my all, even though the parcours doesn't really suit me like the old one in Plumelec.

"Anyway, I will take it one step at a time. At the moment, the preparation is going well, I'm happy to be here in Val di Fassa with the guys, I talked with the team about my goals and I'm really eager to restart the season to see how I feel and what I can do."




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