Julian Alaphilippe fera son retour aux championnats de France, deux mois après sa lourde chute

The French will be aligned Sunday in Cholet (Maine-et-Loire). The double world champion fell heavily on Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 24.

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Ten days before the start of the Tour de France from Denmark, the hour of recovery has come for Julian Alaphilippe. The double world champion will start the French championships on Sunday in Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), announced his Quick-Step – Alpha Vinyl training on Tuesday June 21. A return to business on a 240 kilometer long race promised to sprinters. The presence of the puncheur on the Grande Boucle is however still not confirmed.

The double world champion has not pinned a bib since his heavy fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 24, including he got up with a hemopneumothorax and multiple fractures. While the peloton was driving at high speed on the Doyenne, Julian Alaphilippe had been caught in a collective fall 60 kilometers from the finish. Thrown into the ditch, the runner had landed against a tree.

Hospitalized for several days, the French resumed physical training around mid-May, before getting back in the saddle. In particular, he took part in an altitude training course, in the south of Spain, in Sierra Nevada, for three weeks with his teammates. The start of a time trial to be physically ready before a possible participation in the Grande Boucle. “The Tour de France option is always open, it’s always on my mind”, he confided on this occasion. His state of form, Sunday, will therefore be particularly scrutinized.

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