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‘I don’t know where I will be next year’ – Julian Alaphilippe rides back into red zone via the Tour Down Under

Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-Quick Step)

Julian Alaphilippe arrived at the Tour Down Under with two prominent veins popping out of his right temple. It wasn’t a stress response to Soudal-Quick-Step team boss Patrick Lefevere’s criticism of his recent results – the Frenchman says he doesn’t care about that – rather an indication of his shape. Alaphilippe’s veins were visible because he was lean. 

Even race director Stuart O’Grady had noted how fit Alaphilippe looked, when asked to name a favourite in the lead-up to the men’s WorldTour race. 

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