April 14, 2024

The Tour de France betrayed by Alaphilippe?

The Tour de France Femmes, forced to take place in the middle of August, is not the only one to have to pay a heavy price for the Olympic Games to be held in Paris. The same is likely to be true of the men’s Tour de France. And not just because, for the first time in its history, the finish will be judged in Nice rather than in Paris. r the punchers, the man who finished at the f…

The Tour de France Femmes, forced to take place in the middle of August, is not the only one to have to pay a heavy price for the Olympic Games to be held in Paris. The same is likely to be true of the men’s Tour de France. And not just because, for the first time in its history, the finish will be judged in Nice rather than in Paris. r the punchers, the man who finished at the foot of the podium in Rio in 2016 despite a crash in the final can harbour legitimate ambitions in the road race. Ambitions that could be incompatible with a participation in the Tour. And the QuickStep rider could be all the more tempted to skip the Grande Boucle, as the Belgian team is likely to be entirely devoted to Remco Evenepoel, who will be racing his first Tour de France.

Following Wout van Aert’s example, Julian Alaphilippe could, instead of the Tour de France, line up for the Tour d’Italia.ançais. At the presentation of the course, Marion Rousse was nonetheless evasive about her companion’s participation. He hasn’t yet studied his schedule for next season, she said. After all, it’s been a long time, but it’s a city he knows very well. He’s already been there for Paris-Nice, where he goes regularly. But of course it must have made him smile a little to see St-Amand on the Tour map, she said.