Julian Alaphilippe

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Julian Alaphilippe
2018 LBL Finish JulianAlaphilippe (cropped).jpg
Alaphilippe at the 2018 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Personal information
Born (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 26)
Saint-Amand-Montrond, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team Quick-Step Floors
Discipline Road, cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Amateur team(s)
2012 Armée de Terre
Professional team(s)
2013 Etixx–IHNed
2014– Quick-Step Floors
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Mountains classification (2018)
2 individual stages (2018)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2017)

Stage races

Tour of California (2016)
Tour of Britain (2018)

One-day races and Classics

La Flèche Wallonne (2018)
Clásica de San Sebastián (2018)

Julian Alaphilippe (born 11 June 1992 in Saint-Amand-Montrond) is a French road cyclist and cyclocross racer. He currently rides for the team Quick-Step Floors.[1] He is the brother of racing cyclist Bryan Alaphilippe.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Alaphilippe started his career competing in the cyclo-cross discipline, finishing second in the Junior World Cyclo-Cross Championships in 2010.

Alaphilippe's road career began in 2012, riding with amateur team Armée de Terre. During this season, he displayed talent on the road, finishing second overall and winning a stage in the Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay, a UCI America Tour 2.2 event.[1]

After his impressive performance in 2012, Alaphilippe joined Etixx–IHNed, the development team for UCI WorldTeam Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. The young rider has an even more successful season in 2013, finishing 4th in the European Road Race Championships and 9th in the UCI Road World Under–23 Championships. He also won a stage and the points classification of the Tour de l'Avenir, and won the Grand Prix Südkärnten, a one-day race.

2014[edit]

Alaphilippe joined Omega Pharma–Quick-Step in 2014. He obtained his first podium on the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya. He also was second in the fifth stage.[1] Alaphilippe scored his first victory as a neo-pro in Stage 4 of Tour de l'Ain where he showed his explosiveness in an uphill finish ahead of Dan Martin.[3] His best World Tour result of the year was a fifth-place finish in the GP Ouest-France.

2015[edit]

Alaphilippe (left) on the podium of the 2015 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, along with Alejandro Valverde (centre) and Joaquim Rodríguez

2015 was a breakthrough year for Alaphilippe. He acted as a supporter role in the Ardennes classics to help his teammate, the reigning world champion Michał Kwiatkowski, but surprisingly finished 7th in the Amstel Gold Race behind winner Kwiatkowski. In La Flèche Wallonne, his first time participating in the race, he continued to support Kwiatkowski but found his teammate too far behind at a crucial juncture. His team director told him to go for the win and he finished second after three-time winner Alejandro Valverde.[4] The scenario repeated itself at Liège–Bastogne–Liège a few days later when Alaphilippe finished 2nd in his La Doyenne debut, again behind Valverde.[5] In doing so, the 22-year-old realized the best French performance on this classic since 1998, when Laurent Jalabert finished second.[6]

After those performances and a string of podium finishes in the Tour de Romandie, Alaphilippe was, on 4 May, granted a contract extension for two more years, until the end of 2017.[7] Later in the month he won the queen stage of the Tour of California and took over the lead in the general classification, 2 seconds ahead of Peter Sagan.[8] However, he lost the overall eventually to Sagan by just 3 seconds in the last stage due to the time bonuses in a flat sprint.[9] In the later part of the summer, he finished eighth in the Clásica de San Sebastián, finishing in the lead group behind the winner, Adam Yates. He subsequently finished tenth overall in the Eneco Tour, which included a stage that used many of the Ardennes classics roads.[10] His form was dropped significantly near the end of the year, including a DNF in the Road World Championships. He was later diagnosed with mononucleosis. The disease led to extreme fatigue, rendering him unable to maintain his top performance and marking the end of his season.[11]

2016[edit]

Alaphillippe (left) at the 2016 Tour de France

In April, Alaphilippe placed 2nd at the La Flèche Wallonne for the second year in a row. He then earned his biggest victory so far at the Tour of California, when he won a stage and the overall. The lead was taken on stage 3 when he attacked on an HC climb with less than one kilometer left. His form continued in Critérium du Dauphiné which he finished 6th overall and 1st in the young rider classification. It was also his first white jersey in UCI World Tour races.[12] In late June, he was named in the start list for the Tour de France.[13] During the Tour de France, he held the young rider classification from stages 2–6 and won the combativity award on stage 16.

Alaphilippe was selected to represent his nation at the Olympics men's road race and Olympic men's road time trial.[14] During the road race and being one of the pre-race favorites, he caught up with the leading group of cyclists on the final climb of Vista Chinesa, but his crash on the descent hindered him from joining the final attack launched by Greg Van Avermaet and Jakob Fuglsang to catch the sole leader Rafał Majka before the finish line. Alaphilippe eventually finished the road race in fourth position, 22 seconds behind the winner Van Avermaet.[15][16] Alaphilippe finished in 32nd position in the Olympic men's road time trial.

2017[edit]

Alaphilippe in the White Jersey at the 2017 Paris-Nice

Alaphilippe started his 2017 spring preparation in Abu Dhabi Tour. He finished 5th overall and won the young rider classification. In March, he rode Paris–Nice and won his first time trial in his career with an uphill finish in stage 4 keeping his race lead in the next three days.[17] He finished 5th overall eventually, but able to remain the winner of the young rider classification. The four top-5 stage finishes was also enough for him to clinch the points classification. The following weekend, Alaphilippe finished third at Milan–San Remo, being narrowly beaten in a sprint by Michał Kwiatkowski and world champion Peter Sagan after the trio broke clear on the final climb, Poggio di San Remo.[18]

After a strong start, Alaphilippe's season was hampered by a lengthy injury sustained at Vuelta al País Vasco. It was announced in April by his team that Alaphilippe would miss the Ardennes classics due to pre-patellar lesion knee injury.[19] He also missed out his primary goal of the year, Tour de France, after undergoing a knee surgery in May.[20] Alaphilippe returned to race at Grand Prix Pino Cerami in July[21] and made his debut Vuelta a España a month later. He scored his maiden Grand Tour stage win in Stage 8 during which he outclimbed Rafał Majka and Jan Polanc from a breakaway.[22]

In August, Alaphilippe signed a two-year contract with his team Quick-Step Floors, keeping him through 2019 season.[23]

2018[edit]

Alaphillipe wearing the polka dot jersey at the 2018 Tour de France

During the third and final ascent of the Mur de Huy at the 2018 La Flèche Wallonne, Alaphilippe accelerated near its summit, overtaking the sole race leader Jelle Vanendert in the last 100 metres of the race and dropping him. Alejandro Valverde, who had won the last four La Flèche Wallonne editions, staged a late fight-back and almost caught Alaphilippe, but the latter was able to kick again in the final metres to increase his lead over Valverde and eventually win the race. It was the biggest victory of Alaphilippe's career so far and he was the first French winner of the La Flèche Wallonne since Laurent Jalabert won it in 1997.[24][25].

Alaphilippe participated in his second Tour de France this season, and claimed his maiden Tour de France stage win in the 10th stage of the race with a series of attacks and aggressive descending in the Alps. He took the maximum mountains classification points on the Montée du plateau des Glières, the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière, finishing the stage 1 min 34 secs ahead of the second placed rider Ion Izagirre of Bahrain–Merida, and 3:23 ahead of the peloton that included the defending champion Chris Froome. Alaphilippe also took the lead in the mountains classification after the end of Stage 10.[26][27]Alaphilippe won the 16th stage of the race after Adam Yates crashed on the descent 7km before the finishing line while the latter was leading that stage alone.[28]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2010
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Junior race, UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
2012
2nd Overall Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
1st Jersey white.svg Youth classification
1st Stage 2
2013
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 7
1st Grand Prix Südkärnten
1st Stage 3 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
4th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
5th Overall Tour de Bretagne
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Course de la Paix U23
9th Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
10th Grand Prix Kralovehradeckeho kraje
2014
3rd RideLondon–Surrey Classic
4th Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 4
5th GP Ouest–France
2015
2nd Overall Tour of California
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 7
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Road race, National Road Championships
7th Amstel Gold Race
8th Clásica de San Sebastián
10th Overall Eneco Tour
2016
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 3
2nd Silver medal europe.svg Road race, UEC European Road Championships
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Road race, Olympic Games
5th Road race, National Road Championships
6th Amstel Gold Race
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
8th Brabantse Pijl
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
Tour de France
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 2–6
Combativity award Stage 16
2017
1st Stage 8 Vuelta a España
2nd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Milan–San Remo
4th Overall Tour of Guangxi
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
5th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2018
1st Jersey green.svg Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Okolo Slovenska
1st Stage 1
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
Tour de France
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Stages 10 & 16
Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 4 Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Colombia Oro y Paz
1st Stage 4
7th Amstel Gold Race

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France 41 33
A red jersey Vuelta a España 68
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 43 5 18
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya DNF DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country DNF 35
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie DNF
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné DNF 6 21
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo 3 35
Tour of Flanders
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2 23 4
Giro di Lombardia DNF 60 2
Classic 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Amstel Gold Race DNF 7 6 7
La Flèche Wallonne 2 2 1
Clásica de San Sebastián DNF 8 1
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 28 46 65
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 57 60 10
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Julian Alaphilippe change de costume" [Julian Alaphilippe changes costume]. La Dépêche du Midi (in French). 17 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Alaphilippe Wins First Pro Race of Career!". Cyclingnews.com. OPQS Official. 16 August 2014. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Alasdair Fotheringham (23 April 2015). "Alaphilippe fends off Flèche veterans for notable second place". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Nigel Wynn (26 April 2015). "Alejandro Valverde wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Alasdair Fotheringham (26 April 2015). "Alaphilippe takes France's best Liège-Bastogne-Liège result since 1998". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Alaphilippe signs contract extension with Etixx-QuickStep". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tour of California: Alaphilippe wins on Mt. Baldy". Cycling News. May 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sagan wins Tour of California on time bonus". Cycling News. May 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Julian Alaphilippe". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Alaphilippe ends breakthrough season with mononucleosis". Cycling News. Oct 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ Stephen Farrand (12 June 2015). "Criterium du Dauphine 2016: Stage 7 Results". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "France announce men's Olympic road team". Cyclingnews. 14 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Jeux Olympiques : Julian Alaphilippe plombé par une chute". L'Équipe. 6 Aug 2016. 
  16. ^ "Jeux Olympiques : Van Avermaet décroche la médaille d'or, Julian Alaphilippe 4e". L'Équipe. 6 Aug 2016. 
  17. ^ ""Un Paris-Nice incroyable" pour le coureur Auvergnat Julian Alaphilippe". .francetvinfo.fr (in French). 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  18. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (18 March 2017). "Brilliant Michal Kwiatkowski edges out Peter Sagan to win Milan-San Remo 2017". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Alaphilippe to miss the Ardennes Classics". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  20. ^ "Knee surgery knocks Alaphilippe out of Tour de France". Cyclingnews.com. 10 May 2017. 
  21. ^ "Alaphilippe makes long awaited return to racing at GP Cerami". The guardian. 19 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "Julian Alaphilippe wins stage eight". The guardian. 26 Aug 2017. 
  23. ^ "Alaphilippe agrees to new two-year contract with Quick-Step Floors". Cyclingnews.com. 2 Aug 2017. 
  24. ^ "Alaphilippe wins La Flèche Wallonne". www.cyclingnews.com. 18 April 2018. 
  25. ^ "Julian Alaphilippe ends Valverde dominance with powerful victory at La Flèche Wallonne 2018". www.cyclingweekly.com. 18 April 2018. 
  26. ^ "2018 Tour de France, Stage 10". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  27. ^ "Tour de France: Alaphilippe wins in Le Grand Bornand". www.cyclingnews.com. 17 July 2018. 
  28. ^ "Tour de France 2018: Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 16 after Adam Yates crashes". BBC. 24 July 2018. 

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