We were waiting for his reaction. Since the day before and the announcement of the non-selection of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) for the 109th Tour de France (July 1-24), Patrick Lefevere did not comment on this decision. The boss of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team thus came out of his silence in the columns of the Het Nieuwsblad. “It was not an easy moment, nor a simple choice, but I explained to Julian what our vision is. There are concerns that he is not good enough to ride at a high level for three weeks. Julian got it. […] She had won the French championships with a lead of one minute, that would be another story. But there is a big difference between a one-day race and a Grand Tour“, explains the Belgian.
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“We’re going to the Tour without French. We have to do it!”
Patrick Lefevere also mentioned the lack of Mark Cavendish : “We choose to sprint with Fabio Jakobsen. Yes, there is a lot of pressure on his shoulders now. He knows what decisions we made for him.Finally, the Wolfpack manager responded to the many criticisms, including that of Christian Prudhommeboss of the Big loop. “Sport always comes first. If the sponsors participate in the decision-making, it’s over. […] We go to the Tour without French. It has to be done“, he concludes.
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“I didn’t want to be at the start, if I couldn’t be at my best level”
Julian Alaphilippe, who made his return to competition this Sunday, on the occasion of the road race of the French Championships, had commented on his non-selection on Monday. Disappointed to miss the Tour de FranceIThe world champion was still showing understanding. “I am disappointed not to be at the start of the Tour de France this year. I have a natural affection for this race, with my days in yellow, my stage victory and so many other memories with my teammates“, the 30-year-old runner told his team.
“Missing another opportunity to wear my awesome rainbow jersey in my country is very sad for me and I know it was a tough decision for the team to make.continues the resident of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team who thus made his return to competition, this weekend, after two months without the slightest race after his heavy fall, which occurred on Liege-Bastogne-Liegelast April. At the same time, I totally understand her. I didn’t want to be at the start if I couldn’t be at my best. […] I’m going to focus on my comeback because I’m motivated to put in a solid second half of the season.”