Mandatory breakup for Julian Alaphilippe?

This year, Julian Alaphilippe has decided to skip the Tour de France, giving his preference to the Giro, which suits him better according to Patrick Lefevere. For former professional runner Steve Chainel, if his style is appreciated by the public, he would have every interest in changing in order to return to the top.

The Tour de France will have to do without Julian Alaphilippe in 2024. The 2020 and 2021 world champion has decided to skip the Big loop in order to participate in the Girowhich better suits his qualities, as the manager of the Soudal Quick-Step, Patrick Lefevere : « I think the Giro suits his style of impulsive runner, not always intelligent but who people like. »

“In cycling, smart means being a rat”

Words that caused a reaction Steve Chainelwho believes that Julian Alaphilippe should change the way he runs. “ We are not going to take away from Julian everything he has achieved. On a big day, he does Julian. In cycling, smart means being a rat. Ultimately, not smart means being generous. Julian is not going to look for close-up victories, by the millimetre. The guy we haven’t seen for 200 km and who’s just waiting for the little bump to attack “, declared the former professional runner, now a consultant for Eurosport.

“Cycling moves so fast that we can no longer be as generous as it is”

« He is of the same caliber as Mathieu Van der Poel. The first to have achieved performances like that… It’s Julian. Unfortunately, cycling moves so fast that we can no longer be as generous as it is. On the last Tour de France, we saw from the number of pedal strokes he put in front, it was normal to fart first. He is too generous. But we expect him like that and he is like that. We will always see him on the attack “, added Steve Chainel nearby Sports Daily.

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