New challenge for Alaphilippe: confirms his debut in Flanders

The Frenchman, the new winner of the Vélo d'Or award, will participate for the first time in the Belgian cobblestone classic in 2020.

Julian Alaphilippe, a brand-new winner of the Vélo d'Or, prize awarded by the French magazine Vélo Magazine to the best runner of the season, is clear about one of his goals in the 2020 course. True to his classicist style, the preparation of the Deceuninck runner Quick-Step will be focused mainly on the spring classics, where Alaphilippe has a new challenge ahead: the Tour of Flanders.

Y is that the French will make his debut in the hard classic of Belgian cobbles next year, as confirmed by the newspaper L'Equipe at the end of the Vélo d'Or gala: "I will see what it is. I need new challenges. I just had an exceptional season but I never fall asleep on the laurels. I'm starting over from scratch, "Julian explained of his presence in Flanders.

In addition, Alaphilippe detailed the conversation he had with the team manager, Patrick Lefevere, about his planning for the classics, since apart from Flanders (April 5) he hopes that he will perform at a good level in Liege-Bastogne-Liege (26 of April): "He told me: 'We agree that you do the Flanders Tour, but don't make it your number one goal, because, if it doesn't work, we still need you to Liege.' I am an important leader for the Ardennes, but Patrick also knows that, if I don't do it wrong in Flanders, I will be important to the team. " In that sense, as usual in the Deceuninck set, Julian will have a real luxury training for the Ardennes with teammates like Stybar, Jungels, Lampaert and Asgreen, despite Gilbert's departure to Lotto Soudal.

The season will start in South America

To arrive in optimal conditions to the Ardennes, Alaphilippe will start its season in the Tour de Colombia for the third year in a row, a preparation that was already great in the last year as its 12 victories in 2019 and its brilliant show Tour de France: first general top-5 in his career, two stage wins and 14 days dressed in yellow

As L'Equipe confirms, the Frenchman will finish his shooting in the face of the classics in a Paris-Nice edition that will be very special for him, since in the absence of official confirmation, one of the stages is expected to be a Time trial for the town of Saint-Amand-Montrond, his hometown. Wherever Alaphilippe goes, the show is insured.

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