fallen and evacuated on a stretcher, Julian Alaphilippe forced to retire less than a month from the World Cup

fallen and evacuated on a stretcher, Julian Alaphilippe forced to retire less than a month from the World Cup

fallen and evacuated on a stretcher, Julian Alaphilippe forced to retire less than a month from the World Cup

The French rider crashed into a corner on Wednesday during the eleventh stage of the Tour of Spain.

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He had to relaunch a little less than a month before the World Cup (25 September). But the holder of the rainbow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe, suffered a new setback on Wednesday 31 August, during the eleventh stage of the Vuelta towards Cabo de Gata.

The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team rider crashed heavily on his right flank, alone, 65 kilometers from the finish. After a few minutes on the ground, surrounded by doctors and his staff, the Frenchman was forced to retire and was evacuated on a stretcher. He appeared to be shot in the right shoulder.

The dark season continues. After crashing on the Strade Bianche already at the beginning of March, the double world champion in office had to give up in Milan Sanremo for bronchitis. A few days later, dragged into a collective fall, the Frenchman had fallen on the side of another classic, Liège-Bastogne-Liège. An impressive bowl that had prompted him to spend several days in the hospital, with a fractured shoulder blade and hemopneumothorax. Too fair for the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe had seen one of the main goals of his season slip away.

With his head then turned towards the World Championships in Australia, the Frenchman resumed the Tour de Wallonie on July 23, with an entry victory atop Mur de Huy. But three days later, a positive test for Covid-19 thwarts his preparation, less than a month after the Vuelta. He is in a team role for his leader- and current red jersey – Remco Evenepoel who stood out in this Tour of Spain. But halfway through, it’s all over for him. Above all, theThe chance to line up in Wollongong, Australia for the road race of the Road Cycling World Championships is almost guaranteed.

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