April 17, 2024

Alaphilippe, it’s over!

With Julien Pinot, coach to Thibaut Pinot, he was probably the best-known coach in French cycling. But Franck Alaphilippe, Julian’s cousin, will not be riding alongside the former double world champion next season. The 57-year-old coach’s contract has not been renewed by the Soudal-Quick Step team, which he joined four years ago.

I was half expecting it, he told Cyclism’A…

With Julien Pinot, coach to Thibaut Pinot, he was probably the best-known coach in French cycling. But Franck Alaphilippe, Julian’s cousin, will not be riding alongside the former double world champion next season. The 57-year-old coach’s contract has not been renewed by the Soudal-Quick Step team, which he joined four years ago.

I was half expecting it, he told Cyclism’Actu. There had already been a first warning with everything that happened around the merger between Jumbo-Visma and Soudal Quick-Step. As I was at the end of my contract, it put me in a more than delicate situation. Then, afrom Saint-Amand-Montrond

Ever since he heard the bad news, Franck Alaphilippe has been contacting other teams, but they all already had staff in place for next season. He will now turn to the town hall of his home town, Saint-Amand-Montrond, in the Cher region, where the finish of stage 10 of the Tour de France 2024 will be held.

I’m not closing the door on myself and I hope to return to the pros. It’s a field I really enjoyed. I believe in myself, I believe in my skills and I think I can bring to professional teams what I’ve learned with Julian and with Soudal Quick-Step. So I’m looking forward to getting back into a professional team. not to continue training Julian Alaphilippe in 2024, if Soudal-Quick Step agrees, even if not as part of a contract.