Julian Alaphilippe leaves the return after a fall, alone, while taking a curve 63 kilometers from reaching the finish line in Cabo de Gata. The Frenchman, double world champion, was in the running to support Evenepoel, as he showed in the mountainous stages, and he was one of the great allies for the leader in the remainder of the race. In this way, the Quick Step receives a double blow: it loses one of its great runners, who also had options in some of the remaining stages in Madrid since they adapt to its characteristics, and Remco Evenepoel loses what is possibly his best domestique.
In the morning, in Alhama de Murcia, Loulou showed a good mood, signing the fans and greeting those present. Everything went wrong in a few hours. Once on the ground, he puts his hand to the upper right area of his body, which points to a problem with his clavicle, waiting to confirm the medical report, since he also complained about his shoulder. It is not being Alaphilipp’s season at alle, that in this 2022 he suffered the most serious crash of his career in Liège in April and that kept him off the roads for two months.
He returned in the Tour de Wallonia, where he achieved a stage (in 2022 he added two after another that he achieved in Itzulia), but then he had to leave due to COVID. The consequences of the fall in Liège left him without the Tour de France, with what it means for him, and Lefevere included him in the La Vuelta team. The Belgian’s slogan for Alaphilippe was clear: everyone with Remco. No kind of individualism for a Julian who proved to work as the one who most for the team and who already had in mind the assault on his third consecutive World Cup, this time in Australia, on September 25. I mean, less than a month before the big date, his presence is seriously questioned in the absence of evidence at the hospital.