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“Absence raises questions”: The failure to choose “sad” touches the French newspapers, and the head of Tour expresses his opinion as well |  Tour de France

“Absence raises questions”: The failure to choose “sad” touches the French newspapers, and the head of Tour expresses his opinion as well | Tour de France

Tour de FranceJulien Alaphilippe won’t be able to please French cycling fans in the coming weeks over the coming weeks a tour† In many French newspapers, not being selected for the world champion was front page news. Even Christian Prudhomme, president of Tour, already had his say on the matter. Alaphilippe himself is “disappointed and sad,” but also says he understands the team’s choice.

Stijn Vlaeminck discusses the lack of choice with Michel Wuyts and Sven Vanthourenhout:

No world champion, no French champion, no British champion. With Julian Alaphilippe, Florian Senchal and Mark Cavendish, among others, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl is leaving some of its covers at home at the Tour de France. Especially not choosing Alaphilippe was a huge surprise yesterday. Especially in France.

Tour head Christian Prudhomme was a guest of the French broker RMC. “If you ask me if I prefer the Tour with or without Alaphilippe, I can be clear: I have not forgotten the amazing Alaphilippe from Tour 2019 who wore the yellow jersey for fourteen days,” Prudhomme said. Yellow, of course I’d rather have him with me.”


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This is a disappointment, especially for Julian herself. The great champion must be disappointed if he can’t ride the Tour.

Tour leader Christian Prudhomme

At the same time, Prudhomme admits that he does not have all the information about what Alaphilippe is currently like. “The most important thing of course is his health, there’s no doubt about that. Alaphilippe knows his body better and maybe that’s necessary to excel later in the season. Not being selected is a disappointment, especially for Julian himself. The great champion must be disappointed if he doesn’t ride the Tour But when he becomes world champion for the third time, everyone will say it was the right decision.And also in the 2023 round he will be there for punches So many opportunities

Alaphilippe: “It takes time to process this”

In an interview with L’Equipe, Alaphilippe said he was “disappointed and sad,” but he also understood the team’s choice not to be selected.

“Although I will need time to process this,” said the world champion. “I’m not going to the Tour and it’s still hard to accept. Especially because I worked so hard to get ready. I went to train for three weeks in the Sierra Nevada. If I was expecting I wouldn’t ride the Tour, I wouldn’t start training that fast after a bad fall. But I’ll say it again: I understand.” Choose my team.

“I am tired and don’t know if I can compete for three weeks. Riding the Tour if you are not one hundred percent is not a gift.” Alaphilippe also points out that he’s taking a break now – “I need to recharge my batteries” – and that he will definitely follow the tour from his seat.

As for the French newspapers,Le Dauphin“The most severe. “This is a surprising choice, and it is not based solely on mathematical criteria,” it seems there. †to liberateHe talks about a decision that was unimaginable at the start of the season. “It is already unusual for a Frenchman to wear a rainbow jersey. But not being selected at the Tour de France seems almost fanciful”, writes the leading French sports newspaper. †Le Parisien It sums it up as follows: “The absence of the two-time French world champion is a disappointment to the fans and indeed to everyone who followed the Tour. Since 2018, he has been one of the main animators of the Tour de France.” Some French straight covers:

Cover of Le Dauphiné on “An absence that raises questions”. © Le Dauphin

The cover of L'Équipe, which features a quote from the world champion.

The cover of L’Équipe, which features a quote from the world champion. “It’s hard to collect.” © Liquipe

Le Parisien cover.

Le Parisien cover. “Despite a correct performance in the French championship on Sunday, Alaphilippe was not selected by his team for the round that begins on Friday.” © Le Parisien

La Dépêche cover.  Quick.Step has chosen not to include world champion Julian Alaphilippe in its selection for the tour that begins Friday.  Only the French resumed the competition,

La Dépêche cover. Quick.Step has chosen not to include world champion Julian Alaphilippe in its selection for the tour that begins Friday. The French only resumed the competition, “Clean © La Depeche

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