Alaphilippe chosen with France for the Worlds

Alaphilippe chosen with France for the Worlds

Inexperienced gentle for Julian Alaphilippe: the reigning double world champion, pursued by dangerous luck this season, is certainly a part of the French crew for the Highway Worlds in Australia.

He’s accompanied within the choice for the highway race, on September 25 in Wollongong, by Romain Bardet, Christophe Laporte, Valentin Madouas, Quentin Pacher, Florian Sénéchal, Pavel Sivakov, Rémi Cavagna and Bruno Armirail. The latter two will even compete within the time trial which is able to happen on Sunday.

Among the many predominant absentees are David Gaudu, fourth within the Tour de France, Benoît Cosnefroy, winner of the Quebec GP final Friday, sprinter Arnaud Démare, Guillaume Martin and Thibaut Pinot.

Julian Alaphilippe, 30, has not raced since August 31 and his retirement from a fall through the eleventh stage of the Tour of Spain, which he left with a dislocated proper shoulder.

On paper, nevertheless, there was little doubt about his choice insofar as a spot is reserved for the reigning world champion whatever the quota of eight riders to which the French crew is entitled. Thomas Voeckler subsequently didn’t have to decide on between himself and one other.

However his choice additionally acknowledges the truth that he was in a position to shortly resume coaching after his retirement from the Vuelta, motivated by the prospect of defending his rainbow jersey in Wollongong, on the east coast of Australia, on a 266.9 km route carved out for its qualities as a puncher.

If Alaphilippe does certainly take part within the highway race, there will likely be 9 French folks firstly. And if ever he had to surrender by then as a result of he would not really feel prepared, there will likely be eight of them, like the opposite nice biking nations.


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