Collapsed, Alaphilippe lets go of his ordeal

Holder of a Master’s degree in international law, I realized at the end of my university career that it was important to evolve in a field that you appreciate. Overnight, I decided to put an end to my parents’ dream, who saw in me a future lawyer, to make a living from my passion: sport. Since then, I have covered transfer windows and sports news, trying to keep readers informed as best as possible.

First missed meeting for Julian Alaphilippe. The double world champion was never able to take part in the fight for victory on the Nieuwsblad this Saturday. Worse, he was forced to retire after another fall. At the finish, the Soudal Quick-Step runner, blamed by his boss, had the face of bad days.

The straw that broke the camel’s back. The latest provocation of Patrick Lefevere, boss of the Soudal Quick-Stepdid not pass by Marion Roussethe companion of Julian Alaphilippe. « Too many parties, too much alcohol… Julian is seriously under the spell of Marion (Rousse). May be too much. Julian is a young dog full of energy. There’s still a bad boy in him.” declared the Belgian leader, referring to the poor results of the French runner. Silent until then, Alaphilippe hoped to answer on his bike on the The newspapaer this Saturday. But the double world champion had a rough day.

A difficult day for Alaphilippe

100 km from the line, Julian Alaphilippe fell the first time, without seriousness. The Frenchman had regained his place on the toe before falling, again, at the start of a turn 25 km from the line. One fall too many for the Frenchman. Grated on the right side, Alaphilippe decided to give up. The final victory went to Jan Tratnik, member of the Visma-Lease.

“I’m just very disappointed”

At the arrival, Alaphilippe did not mask his disappointment, even if he was quickly reassured by the medical diagnosis. “ I clean my wounds. It’s nothing serious but I’m just very disappointed not to have been able to give my all because I had good legs » he declared in comments reported by The team. The 31-year-old runner hopes to redeem himself next Sunday, during Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne.

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