According to Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Grande Boucle, Julian Alaphilippe will have a few arguments to make during the Tour de France.
Two weeks before the start of the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe is working hard on the roads of the Tour de Suisse. A race in which the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider showed his limits on Thursday during the fifth stage, failing to keep up with the pace imposed by Jakob Fuglsang and Richard Carapaz on the last climb. Add a 20 second penalty for having recovered a can at the foot of this last difficulty and the French point to fourth place, 53 seconds behind the Ecuadorian.
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According to Nicolas Fritsch, consultant for Eurosport, Julian Alaphilippe is at the Tour de Suisse “to blow up the box for the Tour de France”. A Great Loop where the world champion should be able to take the leading roles according to the former FDJ rider. An opinion shared by Christian Prudhomme, the boss of the Tour de France. ” These are not the favorites, this year our French. There is really only one who can win the Tour, it is Julian Alaphilippe. He is not a Grand Tour rider, but he proved to us in 2019 that he could still wear the yellow jersey for a long time », Confided the former journalist in an interview with Ouest France.
And if Julian Alaphilippe can believe in his chances, it is also because of the course of this Grande Boucle. ” There, this Tour is less mountainous than in previous years, there are a number of arrivals which are not at the top but downhill, and he is a remarkable descender. He is one of the best puncheurs in the world and the Tour begins with two stages in Brittany for the puncheurs “, He observed, adding:” Che is the only French who can allow us to dream.“
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