Julian Alaphilippe will not be on the Tour de France roads next summer.
Announced by Soudal-Quick-Step team boss Patrick Lefevere on Tuesday, January 9, the double world champion announced this Wednesday that he has been given the opportunity to concentrate on the classics and the Giro d’Italia.
“Julian Alaphilippe will not be able to participate in the 2024 Tour de France a priori”.
The winner of six stages of the Tour de France, who left two difficult seasons behind, reacted to Patrick Lefevere’s words that may have meant something to him in an interview with l’Equipe newspaper: He was in the Belgian team last year.
Julian Alaphilippe (To the team): “I wanted a change. This was my first idea (Giro) and when I mentioned it Patrick (Lefevere) immediately confirmed that he did not want to see me as a teammate from Remco. It is not a disappointment to miss the Tour de France. ” pic.twitter.com/S5QpnA24F5
— Le Gruppetto (@LeGruppetto) January 10, 2024
“It’s not a disqualification and it’s certainly not a punishment. Doing the Giro has been on my mind for a while. The question was when I would take part and when we put together the program this winter I said: Why not? This year? I wanted a change between Australia, the classics and the Giro.” admits the French cyclist in his interview.
It is a well-experienced situation, according to the double world champion, who explains this decision as a personal choice to best prepare for the upcoming stages for the Italian block of 2024 and the Tour of Flanders in Belgium next March. The French athlete has not yet commented on the potential participation in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, announcing that it is “at the moment”.
“Alaf” is currently preparing to take part in the Tour Down Under near Adelaide, Australia, from Tuesday, January 16, for a total distance of 824.6km, the first event of a busy 2024 calendar for the 31-year-old rider.