Two days after his fall during the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain, Julian Alaphilippe passed a check-up on Friday “under the supervision of the medical team of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team”. And the news is pretty good for the two-time world champion, with footage revealing nothing but his dislocated right shoulder. “Julian can start mobilizing the shoulder immediately, as well as training on his rollers. If the movement and pain are manageable, then he should be able to return to full training in the not too distant future”is it also indicated in the press release issued by the Belgian formation, which leaves a small hope for the online race World’s Championshipswhich will take place on Sunday, September 25.
Video – Julian Alaphilippe did not break anything during his fall
Thomas Voeckler: “It’s a big blow to the head for the French team”
Small hope therefore in view therefore to see alaphilippe to Worlds and aligned with the road race of the Worlds scheduled for Sunday September 25 in Wollongong, on the east coast of Australia… that’s what le coach of the France team Thomas Voeckler who confessed, this Friday at theAFP, “remain hopeful that Julian Alaphilippe can defend his title at the World Championships at the end of September in Australia.”
“It’s a big blow to the head for the French team, especially since he was in an ideal approach phase to the event, has explained Thomas Voeckler who spoke with Julian Alaphilippe. But everything in its time, we will see if we do with or without him. It was not a trivial fall, it hit hard and of course time is not on our side. But we need more hindsight, it’s still very fresh. I hope he recovers as soon as possible and that we will draw conclusions in due course.. We have a strong thought for him.”
— RTBF Sport (@RTBFsport) September 2, 2022
Patrick Lefevere, Thursday: “For the World Championships, it will surely be too short…”
The timing will nevertheless be tight, and even impossible to keep if we are to believe the comments made by Patrick Lefevere Thursday. “In the best case, he will be back on his bike in a fortnight. For the World Championships it will surely be too short, but he may be able to prepare in time for the Tour of Lombardy and the races. It’s bad luck for Julian (Alaphilippe), he has seen more hospitals than he has run this year”had then declared the boss of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team in the columns of Het Nieuwsblad.
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Cyrille Guimard: “I’m afraid that this fall of Julian on La Vuelta is a deeper evil”
columnist for Cyclism’News, Cyrille Guimard had meanwhile analyzed in more depth the situation in which the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond finds himself. “OWe can see that for months Julian has been somewhat off so in the end, it won’t change much for the Belgian. I know him somewhat Julian for having had him by my side in the France team when I was coach at the FFC. Julian doesn’t seem to have his mind on the bike anymore at the moment. Lefevere’s little phrase at the beginning of The Vuelta that – even if Julian pretended not to hear about it – he not only pays Alaphilippe to prepare for the world championships, was awkward towards a rider who suffered a heavy fall a few months earlier in Liège- Bastogne-Liege.
“A runner, it’s smoldering, it protects itself to restore its confidence, what’s more after having experienced such a trauma. I’m afraid that this fall of Julian this Wednesday on La Vuelta is a deeper evil and this , apart from the injuries that the medical bulletin will tell us, which will tell us the truth or not. I’m afraid that the Worlds for Alaphilippe, we must forget them or even the end of this 2022 season which will have been very painful in the end for our Frenchman. So, yes, we wish Julian quickly to find himself and regain his form.”
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— Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team (@qst_alphavinyl) August 31, 2022