The Soudal-Quick Step having decided to present itself with Remco Evenepoel at the start of the 2024 Tour de France, the consequence is that Julian Alaphilippe will not be there on the Grande Boucle. On the other hand, Marion Rousse’s companion will participate in another Grand Tour: the Giro. Next May, Alaphilippe will be in Italy, with the objective of winning at least one stage on the other side of the Alps. Which could bring him into a very special circle.
Considered the most beautiful cycling race in the world, the Tour de France is the subject of all interest. Each of the greatest runners wants to compete in the Grande Boucle, wear the yellow jersey and of course bring it back to the Champs-Elysées. Unfortunately, for the 2024 edition, the peloton will be marked by the absence of Julian Alaphilippe. In fact, the Soudal-Quick Step decided to do without the French, preferring to trust Remco Evenepoel. On the other hand, Alaphilippe will be on the Tour of Italy with a big goal in sight…
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Alaphilippe wants to shine at the Giro
Julian Alaphilippe will therefore be at the start of Tour of Italy with some ambitions for this 2024 edition. Recently, for Eurosportthe double world champion made known his desire to win at least one stage on the next Giro : « Will the objective be one or more stage victories? One would already be, not a dream, but it would be great. Discovering the Giro and winning a stage would be fantastic. That’s really my goal. I’ll be really happy to get there. We will certainly have Tim Merlier for the sprints, so a team really focused on the objective of winning stages. It’s really something that motivates me ».
Winner of the three Grand Tours?
On the roads of Giro, Julian Alaphilippe will he win a stage? If this were the case, the runner of the Soudal-Quick Step would then imitate some of the greatest cycling legends. Indeed, Alaphilippe could then enter the circle of riders who have won at least one stage on each Grand Tour. So far, Alaphilippe has 6 victories on the Tour de France and 1 victory over the Tour of Spain. Objective now: win a stage on the Tour of Italy. Today there are 105 runners to have won on the Tour de Francethe Tour of Spain and the Tour of Italy. We then find Eddy Merckx, Mark Cavendish, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil, Laurent Jalabert, Peter Sagan, Christopher Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Laurent Fignon or Thibaut Pinot. Alaphilippe will he be added to this list? Response in May.