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ALAPHILIPPE. Already absent from Milan – San Remo, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe will not be present for the Tour of Flanders on Sunday 3 April.

Julian Alaphilippe was ill to attend Milan – San Remo and cast doubt on a possible participation for the next Tour of Flanders, scheduled for Sunday 3 April. After some delay, the two-time world road champion decided to ignore the Flanders classic to concentrate on the Ardennes classics. The Frenchman’s entourage confirmed he would ultimately not change his program because it would have forced him to skip the Tour of the Basque Country, which starts on Monday. After scoring at the end of Tirreno-Adriatico, he would have missed a major stage race to arrive at the Ardennes capable as explained by L’Equipe.

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Short biography of Julian Alaphilippe Born on June 11, 1992 in Saint-Amand-Montrond, Julian Alaphilippe grew up in Cher and then in Allier with his parents, Jacques (who died on June 27) and Catherine, who then gave birth to two other boys, Bryan and Leo. . He took his first driving license at the Entente Cycliste Montmarault-Montluçon club. The young cyclist first flourished in cyclocross, a discipline in which he became junior world champion in 2010, before a serious knee injury slowed his progress. He then signed for three years in the Army team, in Continental pro. In 2012 and 2013, he became French cyclo-cross-hoping champion, allowing him to sign a contract with Etixx-IHNed, the reserve team Omega Pharma-Quick-Step. Alaphilippe made his professional debut in 2014, the year he won his first victory, during the final stage of the Tour de l’Ain. In 2015, the Frenchman revealed himself to the general public by taking second place in Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, behind Alejandro Valverde. The following year, he participated in his first Tour de France, where he slipped into a pair of breakaways in the mountains. During the road race at the Olympics in Rio, he seemed strongest, but a fall close to goal ruined his chances of a gold medal (4th). After a podium in Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Lombardy, Alaphilippe won a mountain stage at the Vuelta stages 2017. and the jersey of the best climber in the Tour de France, stage victories at the Critérium du Dauphiné, at the Tour of the Basque Country … in this case Milan -San Remo, but also a new Flèche Wallonne, Strade Bianche, two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico, a stage of Dauphiné … but also and above all by completing a Tour de France of great beauty, where he for a long time was on par with the best, wore the yellow jersey for 14 days, won two stage victories, the prize for fighting spirit and fifth place in the final general classification. In 2020, after a successful Tour de France (one victory, yellow jersey for three days), he achieved the Grail by becoming world champion in cycling on September 27 at Imola. He was then less successful in the classics, but still managed to win Flèche Brabançonne.

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Julian Alaphilippe counts four participations in the Tour de France. The Frenchman started at the Grande Boucle in 2016, with some misfortune, as he battled for a stage victory against Culoz before a mechanical incident deprived him of an initial success. He finished in an overall 41st place after wearing the best youngster’s white jersey for five days. In 2018, he returned to the French roads after a withdrawal after a knee operation in 2017. Then he won in full possession of his funds the stage at the top of Grand-Bornand and then the one that arrived at Bagnères de Luchon. Thanks to his two successes and a great fighting spirit in the passes, the puncheur also won the polka dot jersey for the best climber. In 2019, Alaphilippe is living a dream Tour de France: he wins two stages, including the individual time trial in Pau, and spends a total of 14 days in yellow before giving up his manager’s tunic two days after arriving in Paris. His supporters even start for a while dreaming of a final victory, but the Auvergne rider eventually finishes in 5th place in the final overall standings and is also rewarded with the prize for fighting spirit. In 2020, Auvergnat will start again at the same bases by winning the 2nd stage and by approving the yellow jersey that it will wear for three days. After losing his tunic on penalty kick, Alaphilippe falls in line, which does not prevent him from going on the offensive on several occasions. A way for him to prepare for the World Cycling Championships, scheduled for a few weeks later …

On Sunday 27 September 2020, Julian Alaphilippe became the ninth world champion in road cycling in Imola, Italy, the first since Laurent Brochard in 1997. After winning the race, the Saint-Amand-Montrond native said: “C It was my career dream I have been so close so many times, but I’ve never been on the podium myself. ” In 2021, Alaphilippe did it again in Louvain, Belgium, retaining his title as world champion. In history, only six riders had achieved the feat of keeping the rainbow jersey for at least another year, Julian Alaphilippe is the first Frenchman to achieve it, even though this achievement was not really planned: “JI know what it’s like to spend a year in the rainbow sweater. I just wanted to do well and work for the team. It was not planned, I did not think I would be able to endure. ”

In high demand, Julian Alaphilippe finally decided to extend his contract with the Belgian team Deceuninck – Quick-Step in early June 2019, for a period of 2 years. While several media outlets presented a multi-million euro offer from Ineos, the punch accepted the offer from its manager Patrick Lefévère. We do not know the exact amount of his pay rise, but according to the newspaper L’Equipe, the French would havesalary included estimated at 2.3 million euroswhich would make Alaphilippe the highest paid French runner at the moment, ahead of Thibaut Pinot (2 million euros).

Julian Alaphilippe was very discreet for a long time around his private life and now forms a pretty media couple with Marion Rousse, a former professional cyclist, now a consultant on France TV and also deputy director of the Tour de la Provence. The young woman, who was in a relationship from 2008 to 2019 with Tony Gallopin, another French cyclist, confided in the subject of this new relationship on April 17 in the columns in Paris. “Regardless of my privacy. I will always do my job the same, and that’s the most important thing for me, she had specified. In life, of course, the priority is to be happy, that’s us, that’s all I can say.” The day before, Julian Alaphilippe of L’Equipe had especially insisted on the “chance” that he would have to share confinement with the former champion of Andorra: “She is really adorable, she supports me, encourages me, a guy like me who is hyperactive, who need to get some fresh air often “. Julian Alaphilippe and Marion Rousse also announced in late January 2021 that they were expecting their first child.

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