On the occasion of the presentation of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team, Julian Alaphilippe confirmed that he will wear his rainbow jersey on the next Tour de France but without ambitions concerning the general classification, also targeting the Olympic Games .
Julian Alaphilippe will not miss the appointment of the Tour de France. Wearing the yellow jersey during the last two editions, the world champion will be one of the spearheads of the Deceuninck-Quick Step formation departing from Brest on June 26th. But, to the question of whether 2021 will be the year in which the general classification will be a goal, the answer is clear even if an opportunity could arise. ” Regarding the Grand Tours, I have the same objectives, assured the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond during the presentation of his team. I already know that I will not be on the Tour de France for the general classification, but you never know, like in 2019 where it was a good surprise for me. “
While he will be present on the Tour de la Provence to launch his season, Julian Alaphilippe is focused on the classics at the start of the season. ” My first objective is to perform well during the first part of the season, from my first race in the Tour de La Provence to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he assures. I have to manage my condition, and I hope to be in good shape for this part of the season. “Presented at the beginning of November, the route of the Tour de France 2021 was flown over by Julian Alaphilippe but, to hear him, aiming for stage victories is already in a corner of his head.
” To be honest, I don’t know all the stages of the Tour, assures the reigning world champion. The Tour de France is coming well after the first part of the season, I just saw that there are some very nice stages that suit me perfectly. I will be very motivated, and for the rest we will see. However, after the classics and the Tour de France, the rider of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team intends to defend his world title in Flanders after leading the French team to Tokyo. ” For now I’m really focused on the first part of the season, the second part will concern the Tour de France and the Olympic Games, then the Worlds a little later, but I still have time to think about all that », He adds. A program that promises to be ambitious for a runner who is just as ambitious.