Julian Alaphilippe

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Julian Alaphilippe
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Personal information
Born (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 23)
Saint-Amand-Montrond, France
Team information
Current team Etixx-Quick Step
Discipline Road, cyclo-cross
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Amateur team(s)
2012 Armée de Terre Cyclisme
Professional team(s)
2013 Etixx-IHNed
2014– Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Infobox last updated on
26 April 2015

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

Career[edit]

2014

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.[2]

2015

2015 has been a breakthrough year for Alaphilippe. He acted as a supporter role in Ardennes classics to help his teammate and 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.[3] The scenario repeated itself at Liège–Bastogne–Liège a few days later when Alaphilippe finished 2nd in his La Doyenne debut, again behind Valverde.[4] In doing so, the 22 years old realized the best French performance on this classic since 1998, when Laurent Jalabert finished second.[5]

After those performances and a string of podium finishes in the Tour de Romandie, Alaphilippe was on May 4 granted a contract extension for two more years, until the end of 2017.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Palmares[edit]

2012
2nd Overall Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
1st Stage 2
2013
1st Grand Prix Südkärnten[1]
1st Stage 3 Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
1st Stage 7 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
4th European Road Championships
5th Overall Tour de Bretagne
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Course de la Paix
9th UCI Under-23 World Road Race 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 Youth classification
1st Stage 4
5th GP Ouest-France
2015
2nd Overall Tour of California
1st Jersey white.svg Youth classification
1st Stage 7
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th National Road Race Championships
7th Amstel Gold Race

Classics Results Timeline[edit]

This chart shows Alaphilippe progress in five monuments and the classics he mostly participated in.

Year Milan – San Remo Tour of Flanders Paris–Roubaix Amstel Gold Race La Flèche Wallonne Liège–Bastogne–Liège Clásica de San Sebastián Paris–Tours Giro di Lombardia Road World Championships
2014 - - - DNF - - DNF - DNF -
2015 - - - 7th 2nd 2nd

DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Julian Alaphilippe  » Omega Pharma – Quick-Step". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alaphilippe Wins First Pro Race of Career!". Cyclingnews.com (OPQS Official). 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Alaphilippe fends off Flèche veterans for notable second place". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 23 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Nigel Wynn (26 April 2015). "Alejandro Valverde wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Alasdair Fotheringham (26 April 2015). "Alaphilippe takes France’s best Liège-Bastogne-Liège result since 1998". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Alaphilippe signs contract extension with Etixx-QuickStep". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 4 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tour of California: Alaphilippe wins on Mt. Baldy". Cycling News. May 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sagan wins Tour of California on time bonus". Cycling News. May 18, 2015. 

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