Cycling – Mercato: Julian Alaphilippe Announces Color!

Julian Alaphilipe has been providing information in recent days about his start of the 2024 season with the Tour of Flanders as his main goal. The two-time world champion dropped a sentence in passing that gives clues about his future, who is out of contract with Soudal-Quickstep at the end of the season.

Julian Alaphilippe lifted the veil on his start to the 2024 season earlier in the week, confirming what had analyzed, namely that he was going to lead the team Soudal-Quickstep in honor of the Flanders Classics campaign, culminating in the Tour of Flanders. Julian Alaphilipe specifically noted in the reported comments :” The first target will be the Tour of Flanders, although it will be preceded by the Strade Bianche and Milan-Sanremo, as well as the rest of the northern classics. “.

Alaphilippe knows that a decisive season is about to open

Regarding participation in the Tour de France, the two-time world champion remained evasive, suggesting that there are indeed doubts on the subject: “ I will talk to the sports management about the rest and we will see “. But above all, Julian Alaphilipein relation to this few new data in his account Instagram emphasized the importance of the upcoming season: ” For me, 2024 will be an important season with the ambition to stay at a high level throughout the year, which is never easy “.

Context gathered for the return of the great Alaphilippe

How to interpret this sentence? If it tends to confirm that the two-time world champion is looking at a stretch of the road to the Olympic Games, because if there is one element that makes this season special, it is the existence of the Olympic Games in Paris, so it seems, and above all that has to do with the fact, how to Julian Alaphilipe his contract will expire with Soudal-Quickstep. Of course, the French champion is well aware that if he wants to maintain his status as a world-class rider, whether he continues with the Belgian team or joins another team, French or international, he has no choice: he has to return. to a level close to his prime. Moved into a leading role at Flandrin, with a squad to back him up and a late-season spat from major physical problems allowing him to find his rhythm at the top level, Alaphilippe back to the best conditions. Enough to open the highest hopes for the future.

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