He’s planning something crazy to recruit Alaphilippe, it’s a failure!

Hungry for sport, he grew up to the sound of Formula 1 engines and the exploits of Ronaldinho. Today, with a Master’s degree in sports journalism, he no longer misses an F1 Grand Prix or a PSG match, his two passions and specialties.

At the end of his contract with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in 2024, Julian Alaphilippe is in full doubt about his future. The double world champion was even mentioned in the viewfinder of TotalEnergies in order to bounce back into a French team. Patrick Pouyanné, the CEO of the oil group, also reveals that he was ready to do something crazy to attract him. In vain.

Still struggling this season, Julian Alaphilippe sees the emergence of Remco Evenepoel overshadow him in his team. There Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl wants to set up a team to support the Belgian, put in difficulty by the Jumbo Visma on the Vuelta, on the Tour de France. Therefore, while his contract ends in 2024, Julian Alaphilippe might be tempted to look elsewhere. His name comes up insistently on the side of TotalEnergieset Patrick Pouyannéthe CEO of the group, also confirms having slipped his name into Jean-René Bernaudeauthe team manager.

The boss of TotalÉnergies justifies his arrival in cycling

« I was told about cycling because of the Tour de France. Then we bought Direct Énergie and therefore acquired a team. On a stage in the Pyrenees, I met Jean-René Bernaudeau. I only asked him one thing: “No problem. Otherwise the next day, you will have lost your sponsor…” I was also very struck, while following the stage, by the number of people with our jerseys », he initially assures in an interview given to THE TEAMbefore discussing the case Alaphilippe.

Pouyanné wanted Alaphilippe!

« Afterwards, can a leading company in France, and one of the biggest in the world in fact, afford not to win when it is winning in business? I said one day to Jean-René: “And if you were able to get me (Julian) Alaphilippe, a Frenchman, nice, who has a reputation and a positive image? I would be ready to break the bank.” Well, ultimately Alaphilippe was very good where he was », added Patrick Pouyanné.

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