The infernal obstacle course against which Julian Alaphilippe has measured himself, throughout the year.
"It's terrible luck: this year, he has seen more hospitals than he has run"
, synthesized Patrick Lefevere, the manager of the Quick-Step team in the columns of the Belgian daily
The Auvergnat, in a mysterious state of form, lands on Sunday (2:15 a.m. French time, Eurosport and France 3) on the starting line of the world championships at the foot of a double challenge.
That presented by the demanding course of Wollongong (266.9 km; 3945 m of elevation gain), bristling route of "Mount Pleasant" (1.1 km; at 7.7% on average with a passage at 14% to climb at 12 times), on the east coast of Australia.
Julian Alaphilippe on the relaunch after a difficult season
And the one proposed by the story.
The Frenchman will try to join the Slovakian Peter Sagan, the only rider to win the title three times consecutively, in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (the Italian Alfredo Binda, the Belgians Rik Van Steenbergen and Eddy Merckx, and the Spaniard…
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