Present during his two world titles in Imola and Louvain, Julian Alaphilippe will not have his companion by his side.
Arrived in Australia at the beginning of the week, the Blues are turned towards the big meeting on Sunday, with one objective in mind: to once again resound the Marseillaise in the sky of Wollongong, as in Imola in 2020 and as in Louvain. in 2021. And this time, several Blues will have their card to play like Valentin Madouas or Benoit Cosnefroy, called at the last hour.
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Despite his truncated preparation following his fall on the Vuelta and his dislocation in the right shoulder, Julian Alaphilippe is obviously a candidate for his own succession. Because if he’s not 100%, he’s not either ” rotten “, in his words. The double world champion will nevertheless have to do without heavy support in Australia: unlike Imola and Louvain, the former champion of France will not be there.
It doesn’t taste the same
If, like last Sunday during the time trial events, the Northerner will officiate the comments alongside her friends Laurent Jalabert and Alexandre Pasteur, the trio will work in the studio in Paris as was the case during of the Tour de France 2000, Covid pandemic obliges.
“With Alexandre Pasteur, we used to take a hotel 60 km from the finish to be able to recognize the end of the stage, which is ideal for our comments, had regretted the former champion of France. It will also be frustrating for the atmosphere. I love going to the finish line to make our sets and meeting people. » And the companion of Julian Alaphilippe to add then: “So I’m going to do my job the same way, but it’s clear that it doesn’t have the same flavor.”