Although he has not yet officially set a date to return to competition, Julian Alaphilippe has taken another important step in his recovery after his terrible fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège a month ago, by joining a part of his team currently on internship in Spain, in Sierra Nevada.
The last examinations carried out very recently at the hospital of Herentals, in the north of Belgium, enabled him to obtain the green light from the medical staff of the Quick-Step team. “The good news was that my lung had fully recovered, which of course I was very happy about.he explained in a press release published by his team on Tuesday morning. The broken bones were still sore which is completely normal as these injuries take longer to heal, but I was told I was OK to start training. »
“If everything continues like this, then the Tour de France option remains open”
After a few days of warming up at home on a home-trainer, he got back on the bike on the road. “I was really happy to be able to spend a few hours on the road, I didn’t have any bad surprises. That’s when it was decided that I could join the team in Sierra Nevada, where the guys are in training camp. I’ll try to find a normal rhythm even if I can’t do the same work as the others yet, because I’m going to need some time to get back in shape. »
The world champion said he was reassured by seeing his progress every day. According to the doctors, no further surgery will be necessary. “I know I still have to be patient and not rush anything. But I want to be optimistic. If everything continues like this, then the Tour de France option (July 1-24) remains open. The Tour de France is always on my mind. »