Is Julian Alaphilippe Ready To Defend His Rainbow Jersey?

Although the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl rider has been given the green light to train indoors, The team manager feels it is "Very Risky."
Julian Alaphilippe

The 2022 UCI Road World Championship 2022 is all set to start on the 18th of September. It stretches over the week and will end on the 25th of September. This year, Wollongong (Australia) is ready to host the event. With a prime location and perfect weather, Wollongong is all set to cover an exciting competition for the gold medal between 1,000+ International Cyclists. More than 70 teams are ready to take a part in the competition. 



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Since Julian Alaphilippe has been given the green light to train again, he is all set to compete for the rainbow jersey at the Road World Championship.  Alaphilippe recently abandoned the Vuelta a España due to a crash on stage 11. Julian suffered from a dislocated shoulder and had to be escorted to the hospital in an ambulance immediately. 

Nevertheless, the team’s manager Patrick Lefevere is not happy with this decision. He is worried for the well-being of the rider and thinks that it is too early for him to race again. Although the news is not yet confirmed, Lefevere still gave a hint saying:

I also heard the news about his participation,He called me to say that tomorrow morning [Friday], he will come to pick up his equipment at our service course in Wevelgem

Julian Alaphilippe is having a very tough season this year so far. He missed out on the Tour de France. He also suffered a terrible crash at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège in which he broke two ribs and punctured a lung. After recovering he joined the  Tour de Wallonie, but he was soon taken out due to being COVID-19 positive.

Lefevere passed a comment on his current situation:

He wants to risk it, but I don’t think it’s very smart. Had I been him, I would have let the World Championships pass me by and put everything on the Italian races

He continued saying:

He already didn’t have the best condition before the Vuelta. What I saw there was good. But I think it’s risky



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