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“Don’t make me a Tour of Flanders favorite”

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 9, 2020

In ten days, Julian Alaphilippe will once again have the opportunity to write one of the most beautiful pages in the history of French cycling by winning the Tour of Flanders, which would be a first for a French rider since Jacky Durand in 1992. . The world champion is in sparkling form, evidenced by his presence in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège final last Sunday and his victory over the Brabant Flèche on Wednesday, and he hopes to hold this form until October 18, date of the legendary Flandrian classic. But there is a but: Julian Alaphilippe has never yet competed in the Tour of Flanders, and just for that, we can not consider him a favorite of the “Round”, according to him.

Alaphilippe: “I’m only coming to take a look”

“I more than reached my goals for the season. I also digested the disappointment of Liège-Bastogne-Liège a little. This is the first time that I will run the Tour of Flanders. It’s hard enough for the runners who have done it five or six times. I only come to take a look, he explained in the columns of Belgian newspapers Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws. It’s impossible for me to say if I will have the physical qualities to shine in the final of the Tour of Flanders. Just because you are going to have fun on a few cobbles does not mean that you will win. I will of course have an important role to play in the team, but I will not be seen as the rider who has to win. I will first rest a little, then I will go and reconnoitre the course twice. I’m curious, but there won’t be more stress or pressure because it’s the Tour of Flanders. Please don’t make me a favorite. I want to run well, help my team and give the maximum. As usual, actually.