“I want to do it once in my career”

Directly attacked on Monday by Patrick Lefévère who attacked his lifestyle and his partner, Julian Alaphilippe is at the center of the storm on the side of Soudal Quick-Step. The two-time World Road Champion (2020 and 2021) did, however, speak out on episode 2 of his team's “The Wolfpack Howls” podcast this Wednesday.

“I would be happy to compete in this race”

Far from the controversy that has been growing for several days, the French driver reflected on his career, the start of the season and especially his goals with the aim of participating in Paris-Roubaix. If he admits that he has a special relationship with cobblestones: “Terrible.” It's good for walking, but not for cycling,” Julian Alaphilippe does not hide his love for the race nicknamed the Hell of the North.

“I asked the team in December if I could do it. I would like to ride Paris-Roubaix once in my career. I think I am too easy, that I will suffer, but I would still like to do it. That's the story of cycling, we know it's going to hurt, but we love doing it,” said the batsman who is more regular at the Ardennes classics.

The three-time Flèche wallonne winner (2018, 2019 and 2021) then continued: “I've been with the team for over 10 years and I've never been to Roubaix. It's like a Giro I'm just now discovering. It motivates me to discover new things. Although I know I'm not cut out to perform in Paris-Roubaix, I'd be happy to do this race and be useful to my teammates. »

A possibility for next year?

From there to seeing him tame the Trouée d'Arenberg or even the Mons-en-Pévèle sector this season? Not necessary. Julian Alaphilippe, who started his season during the Tour Down Under last January, will return to Circuit Het Nieuwsblad this Saturday.

He should then position himself on the classics that he loves very much and on which he has already shone, such as the Strada Bianche and Milano-Sanremo, but also on the Tour of Flanders, a race in which he fell significantly in 2020 while he was one of the favorites.

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Upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the season with Soudal Quick-Step, Julian Alaphilippe could thus decide to change the environment and fully embark on a new adventure, the perfect opportunity to discover the hell of the North from next year.

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