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Who will lead the men’s French Olympic squad? Romain Bardet joins Julian Alaphilippe in skipping Tokyo Games

The men’s French Olympic squad is facing a crisis, as both of their chosen leaders have announced they will not be competing in Tokyo this summer. Last month, reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe announced that he would not be racing in the Olympic road race around Mount Fuji on July 24, despite being among the favourites to win gold on a tough climbing course.
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World champion cyclist Julian Alaphilippe to skip Tokyo Olympics

PARIS -- World champion cyclist Julian Alaphilippe has decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics, where he was expected to be a medal contender in the road race. The French rider said Friday it was a personal choice reached in agreement with the national team. Alaphilippe is due to become a...
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Julian Alaphilippe rules himself out of selection for Tokyo Olympics

Julian Alaphilippe has ruled himself out of being selected for France’s Tokyo Olympics squad this summer. The world champion says he will not race the Mount Fuji course for the men’s road race, and that he had to make the difficult decision between multiple end-of-season objectives. “After having thought for...
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Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Tadej Pogačar edges out Julian Alaphilippe in sprint

Tadej Pogačar nabbed victory from Julian Alaphilippe in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. The Tour de France champion came around the world champion in the final meters after a group of five had gone into the final sprint together. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) placed third. The fivesome had gone clear after a searing...
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Julian Alaphilippe: ‘The big goal has always been Liège-Bastogne-Liège’

The last time Julian Alaphilippe held court with the media in person, without Covid restrictions or via a webcam, was in January last year – a lifetime ago. He was buoyant, chatting about the collection of toy lions from the Tour de France he’d picked up and distributed amongst colleagues and friends, providing self-deprecating replies to questions probing whether he truly believed he could have taken the yellow jersey to Paris that year. Alaphilippe’s 2019 was a season that most riders could hardly dream of, and the Deceuninck – Quick-Step man was pretty sure it would be impossible for 2020 to be better.
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La Fleche Wallonne: Julian Alaphilippe wins as Tom Pidcock sixth

Ineos Grenadiers' Tom Pidcock finished sixth in La Fleche Wallonne as world champion Julian Alaphilippe won. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider powered past Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic on the Belgian one-day race's famous climb up Mur de Huy to the finish. Pidcock was a race favourite after just missing out at Amstel...
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Flèche Wallonne: Julian Alaphilippe dethrones Primož Roglič on Mur de Huy

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) countered a fearsome surge from Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on the Mur de Huy to win Flèche Wallonne. Roglič jumped with about 350m to go on the famous wall, and quickly opened a gap. Five-time winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Alaphilippe chased, and Roglič ran out of gas in the final 100m and opened the door for the world champion. Valverde crossed the line third.