Concentrated on the first week, Julian Alaphilippe nevertheless sees further on the Tour de France.
Julian Alaphilippe is ready for new emotions. The runner of the Deceuninck-Quick Step had the most beautiful life ever, two weeks ago, with the birth of his first child. But the tricolor world champion expects to experience very strong moments over the next three weeks on the roads of the Tour de France. And whatever his performance during this Big Loop.
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“It may surprise you but I know in advance that it is a Tour that I will not soon forget, because 21 stages in the rainbow and, I hope, in yellow this will be great, he explained in an interview with The Team. We do not go on the Tour with a team to play the general classification. My first week will be very important with stages that correspond well to my characteristics. Then I’ll see what I can do in the mountains. “
That would be great
Because Julian Alaphilippe does not want to shine only during this first week cut out for him, with several arrivals for puncher. “What’s the best that can happen to me?” Honestly, I do not know. With everything I’ve been through in the last three editions, I don’t know what can happen to me better. I could answer: win the Tour, he said. Of course that would be great, I would never say the opposite. I would dream of winning it. But in the face of the emotions that I have experienced in recent years, I do not know what could be better. ”
To join in the fight for the general classification, and this in spite of a team which is not cut out for, will in any case not be to displease him. And this in his offensive style. “I worked hard to impose in the race what I can do, to give the maximum of myself, not to follow. And if giving the maximum leads me to try to win the Tour, I repeat: that would be great ”, he warned again.