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‘Too much partying, too much alcohol’ – Lefevere issues further Julian Alaphilippe criticism

'Too much partying, too much alcohol' – Lefevere issues further Julian Alaphilippe criticism

Soudal-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has once again issued bracing public criticism of Julian Alaphilippe, telling Belgian magazine Humo that he felt the two-time world champion had lost focus since signing a contract extension with the team in the spring of 2021.

Alaphilippe won his second straight world title later that year, but his 2022 campaign was interrupted by a heavy crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and another fall at the Vuelta a España. In 2023, the Frenchman won the Faun-Ardèche Classic and a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, but he fell well short of expectations at the Classics.

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