Tour d’Espagne – Julian Alaphilippe : «J’espère que ça va revenir… »

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After its brief cover in the Tour of Wallonia because of the Covid -he still had time to calm down by winning on the top of the Mur de Huy on the first day- Julian Alaphilippe will be on Sunday, and this for the first time in his career, at the start of Leuven Tower – Jef Scherens Memorial. On the roads on which he won his second world title just under a year ago, the Frenchman from the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team – which will then continue with the Ain Tower (August 9-11), then normally the Back to Spain (August 19 to September 11): Will try to reboot the machine again. Not being certain about his level, the 30-year-old is entering this race week in the unknown, as he explained this Friday during a virtual press conference.

Video – Alaphilippe… before returning to Leuven almost a year later

“I have morals and I want to make an effort”

“I am very happy to be back in the race, and especially there, in Leuven, where I have many memories. Afterwards, I don’t really know how I feel. It was a difficult few days after the Tour de Wallonie, I was still sick and I had almost a week without training. But I want to race on Sunday, then the Tour de l’Ain. It’s going to be rhythm and an important effort before going to La Vuelta, the goal is to have fun and see how I feel after Covid.” In uncertainty on the physical plane, Julian Alaphilippe however, he feels good upside down before this recovery.

“I’m in a good mood, although it was a bit difficult to still have this setback in the Tour de Wallonie. I had the impression that everything was back to normal, I was very happy that I was able to win the 1st stage, but the next day I was completely stopped, I had very bad feelings and I had to leave the race with the Covid. There my symptoms are gone, but I feel that there is still a little tiredness. The last days of training were not incredible, but I have the morale, I have potato and I want to make an effort, hoping that bad luck will leave me a little calm”.

“Since the beginning of the season, it hasn’t gone at all the way I wanted”

Falls at the beginning of the season, his accident in Liège-Bastogne-Liègethe covid in Tour of Wallonia… the Saint-Amand-Montrond native had a series of failures in 2022, even though previous seasons had been crowned with success. “We have to take a step back in all this”answers when asked how he sees the situation. “I have managed to put together several seasons of a high level, without major setbacks and with quite a few results, but this year I don’t feel like I have much wind in my favor. Since the beginning of the season, it hasn’t gone quite the way I wanted, but you have to adapt, there’s no remedy, and above all keep your spirits up and not worry about the future, La Vuelta, the World Cup and the Tour. from Lombardy, there are only good things to take away, so I hope it comes back”.

“If I can be 100% on at least one big day at the end of the season…”

Logically, he still doesn’t feel at the top of his game: “I’m definitely not in top shape” – but believing that he is not on the street either – “I’m not lacking in physical condition because I had done my best to get back on track at the Tour de Wallonie and had started quite well.”julian alpahilippe expressed a wish for the end of the season. “If I can get back to my best level and be 100% on at least one important day at the end of the season, whether there’s a win or not at the end, I’ll be super happy, I won’t have any regrets and it would be a successful bet. for me”concludes who must form a formidable duo with Remco Evenepoel In the next Back to Spain (August 19 – September 11).

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