Julian Alaphilippe finally fit for the Worlds in Australia? His trainer is “optimistic”

Julian Alaphilippe finally fit for the Worlds in Australia?  His trainer is "optimistic"

Will the galley season of Alaphilippe end in apotheosis? The French rider of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, victim of numerous falls since the beginning of the year, the last to date on the Vuelta on July 31, could finally participate in the Worlds which will be disputed in Australia on September 25 (at follow in full on Eurosport). His trainer thought,optimistic” as for the participation of the double defending champion who is recovering well from his right shoulder injury.

Initially and a few days after his fall on the Tour of Spain, his trainer and cousin of the world champion, Franck Alaphilippe had indicated that he was “impossible to predict anything” for the rest of his season. Patrick Lefevere, manager of the Frenchman in the Belgian team, believed that his rider would be “surely too fair for the Worlds“.

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But a week later, the tide seems to have turned for the reigning double world champion. This last, seen on a home trainer just three days after his fall, recovers better than expected. His right shoulder, dislocated on his fall during the 11th stage of the Vuelta, is better. Faced with these improvements, and in comments reported by The Teamthe trainer of Julian Alaphilippe was optimistic about his colt’s participation in the Wollongong Worlds.

Everything is going faster than expected. I am optimistic: the door is completely open for the Worlds“, explained Franck Alaphillipe. “It’s getting better day by dayhe explains. He must remain cautious because the shoulder is still painful and can easily dislocate again in the event of an impact, but what he has been showing for three days is rather very encouraging. If we weren’t trying to be excessively careful, he could already resume almost normal training..”

At the end of a season rotten by falls and long periods of convalescence, in particular following his serious accident in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the French world champion could finally defend his title well on the other side of the globe. . It remains to be seen in what form Julian Alaphilippe will appear if he participates in the Worlds. His training, which had for a time considered aligning him with the Tour of Luxembourg or Slovakia during the month of September, gave up this option so as not to take any risk with the world champion.

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If Alaf’ is finally fielded by Blues coach Thomas Vockler in Australia, he will appear without any preparation race in his legs. Faced with very strong competition, recently “rid” of Richard Carapaz who announced on Tuesday that he would not go to Australia, the Frenchman will have a lot to do.

But after recovering from almost everything during this long and difficult season, the prospect of equaling the record of Peter Sagan, the only rider to have won the rainbow tunic three consecutive years, is a great motivation for the champion. French. And a wonderful opportunity to end the season with an almost unexpected fireworks display.

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