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Tour of Spain – Julian Alaphilippe: “I hope it will come back …”

After his very short recovery on the Tour of Wallonia because of the Covid – he still had time to reassure himself by winning at the top of the Mur de Huy on the first day – Julian Alaphilippe will be Sunday, and this for the first time in his career, at the start of Tower of Leuven – Memorial Jef Scherens. On roads on which he won his second world championship title a little less than a year ago, the Frenchman of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team – which will then continue with the Ain tower (August 9-11), then normally the Tour of Spain (August 19 to September 11) – will try to restart the machine again. Having no certainty about his level, the 30-year-old runner is entering this week of racing in the unknown, as he explained this Friday during a virtual press conference.

Video – Alaphilippe… before returning to Louvain almost a year later

“I have morale and I want to make an effort”

“I’m very happy to be back in the race, and especially there, in Louvain, where I have a lot of memories. Afterwards, I don’t really know how I feel. It was a few complicated days after the Tour de Wallonie , I was still sick and I did almost a week without training. But I want to run on Sunday, then on the Tour de l’Ain. It’s going to be pace and significant effort before going on La Vuelta, the goal being to have fun and see how I feel after the Covid.” In uncertainty on the physical plane, Julian Alaphilippe on the other hand feels good in the head before this recovery.

“I’m in good spirits, even if it was a bit hard to still have this setback on the Tour de Wallonie. I had the impression that everything was back to normal, I was super happy to have been able to win the 1st stage, but the next day, I was completely stopped, I had really bad feelings and I had to leave the race with the Covid. There, the symptoms are gone, but I feel that there is still a little tired. The last days in training were not incredible, but I have the morale, I have the potato and I want to make efforts, hoping that bad luck leaves me a little calm.”

“Since the start of the season, it hasn’t gone the way I wanted at all”

Falls at the start of the season, his accident at Liege-Bastogne-Liegethe Covid at Tour of Wallonia… the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond had a series of glitches in 2022, even though the previous seasons had been crowned with success. “We have to take a step back from all this”he replies when asked how he sees the situation. “I’ve managed to string together several high-level seasons, without major setbacks and with quite a few results, but this year, I don’t feel like I have much of the wind at my back. Since the start of the season, It didn’t go at all the way I wanted it to, but you have to adapt, there’s no choice, and above all keep your spirits up and don’t worry about your fate. coming, La Vuelta, the Worlds and the Tour of Lombardy, there are only good things to take, so I hope it will come back.”

“If I can be 100% on at least one important day by the end of the season…”

Logically not feeling at the top of his game yet – “I’m definitely not in top form” – but believing that he is not on the street either – “I’m not lacking in condition because I had done everything to get back to normal on the Tour de Wallonie, and it had started rather well”Julian Alpahilippe expressed a wish for the end of the season. “If I can get back to my best level and be 100% on at least one important day by the end of the season – whether there’s a win or not at the end – I’ll be super happy, I won’t have of regrets and it would be a successful bet for me”concludes the one who should form a formidable duo with Remco Evenepoel on the next Tour of Spain (August 19 – September 11).

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