Tour de France - Julian Alaphilippe: The race will not only be between the two Slovenians
Jun 24 2021 12:47 am CET

Tour de France - Julian Alaphilippe: The race will not only be between the two Slovenians
Tour de France - Julian Alaphilippe: The race will not only be between the two Slovenians
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (c) Wout Beel

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) is looking forward to the French Grand Tour and has his eye in first two stages for now.

The French rider, who topped the General Classification for 14 days in the 2018 edition of the race, is ready to start at his home Grand Tour and would like to wear Yellow at the very start of the race, that kicks out with two stages in Brittany that suit him well.

"We have just explored the first stage with the team," said the World Champion in a pre-Tour press conference. "It's a nice final, much harder than I imagined, and I'm glad we explored that to the end. That final is tougher than I expected, more difficult than the stage with arrival at the Mûr-de-Bretagne the next day.

"They are finals that suit me, in both stages, but also for other riders who are in shape, such as Wout van Aert who just became Belgian champion and Mathieu van der Poel, to name two of them. You never know what will happen with them. It will be an interesting final and it will be important to dose your effort well, those arrivals will hurt. There will certainly be a lot of nervousness, many are aiming for the yellow jersey, just like me, so that always makes it a bit more chaotic in those first days."

Alaphilippe is looking forward on one side to show his rainbow jersey in the race, that will have again public on the roads, and also fight for Yellow but will take everything day by day. "After that, a time trial will follow on day five," he explained. "In the Tour de Suisse I gained confidence in the time trial, but here there are more specialists at the start and it's not really a course that suits me. I'm going to give anything for that yellow.

"We'll make a balance after the first week. As we did in 2019. Right now, I'm very focused on the first week and not concerned with what comes after. It will be very difficult to repeat the 2019 scenario. Is it a Tour tailored to my needs? I wouldn't say that lightly, but there are indeed not that many climbing finishes. I hope we have a good battle for the yellow. Even from the start, as there aren't that many uphill finishes. In any case, it will not only be between the two Slovenians [Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic, Ed.]"




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