Soudal-Quick Step team boss Patrick Lefevere said in a statement in Calpe in south-east Spain on Tuesday that French people’s darling Julian Alaphilippe will not participate in the 2024 Tour de France “in advance”.
News from earlier this evening! Although Remco Evenepoel has just made his participation in the 2024 Tour de France official, Julian Alaphilippe should not participate in this edition, according to his boss. “First of all, no, because I do not like this image, as I see Julian as 100% domestic Remco Evenepoel,” Lefevere said during his team’s presentation about the former double world champion, whose contract expires at the end of the year. .
The 31-year-old “Alaf”, who won six stages of the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for a total of 18 days, is coming off two very mixed seasons that regularly drew criticism due to Lefevere having one of the highest salaries in his team. Alaphilippe, who is currently in Australia and will compete in the Tour Down Under for the first time in ten years next week, is expected to participate in the Tour of Italy (4-26 May).
In the 2024 Tour de France (29 June – 21 July) Soudal-Quick Step will bet all his money on Remco Evenepoel, who is slowly gaining power in the Belgian team and will make his Grande Boucle debut. The French puncher needs to participate in the Tour of Italy. “I think the Giro suits the impulsive style of runner that people love, even if it’s not always astute,” Lefevere said.
Patrick Lefevere not kind to his runner
When asked for the Frenchman’s reaction to the possibility of not being selected for the Tour, he responded with all the candor we know he has: “A disgruntled rider is useless in a team. He had the opportunity to leave because many teams wanted to hire him. I discussed it with him but the year before, last year not. I said what I wanted to say, but I’m not one to repeat. We came to an agreement. He said to me: Patrick, give me another one, winter. It’s up to him to show it. I like riders who respond to the pedal, and he will do that. I think “He’s still capable of producing results .”