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Procycling interviews Julian Alaphilippe ahead of the 2020 season restartThis article was taken from Procycling magazine issue 269, June 2020.
will lead the French team at the road race in Imola on September 27, but national coach Thomas Voeckler has described his squad as “outsiders” for the event, which was moved from its original location in Switzerland due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Worlds bronze medal confirms Küng’s place in time trial hierarchy
'Everyone was here, so to be on the podium means that I am one of the best'Fresh from his time trial victory at the European Championships, Küng lined up as part of Thibaut Pinot’s retinue at the Tour de France, but he had the blessing of his Groupama-FDJ team to leave the race early in order to fine-tune his Worlds preparation.
Voeckler named a pre-selection of 13 riders on Wednesday and he will name the final eight-man squad after thefinishes this weekend. He will be without the services of Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), who abandoned the with a head injury, while there are question marks over the precise form of Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), the men who had been expected to lead the French challenge on the original Aigle-Martigny circuit.
“If we were on the start in the route in Switzerland with Thibaut, Romain and Julian, we would obviously be among the favourites, but here, we are more outsiders,” Voeckler said, according to. “The lie of the land is different. Thibaut is experiencing a difficult Tour, Romain is out and Julian isn’t at 100 per cent.”
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Frenchman sets his sights on stage victories and World ChampionshipsAlaphilippe surpassed all expectations last year when he carried the overall lead for 14 days until stage 19, and it looked like he might be in for a repeat when he won stage 2 and reacquainted himself with the maillot jaune.
Although the total altitude gain of almost 5,000m on the Imola circuit is roughly equivalent to that planned for Martigny, Voeckler maintains that the Italian circuit will create a very different kind of race.
“We know now that it’s not a route for climbers like in Martigny, it’s more suited to puncheurs who can climb,” Voeckler said.
Alaphilippe – second to Worlds favourite Wout van Aert at Milan-San Remo and winner of stage 2 of the Tour – fits the bill as precisely the kind of puncheur-climber who could thrive on the Imola route. “Julian maybe isn’t at 100% yet but we know him. He still has another week after the Tour to grow in strength,” Voeckler said.
Despite his travails at the Tour, Pinot has been included in the long list, while Guillaume Martin’s fine displays at La Grande Boucle could earn him his first Worlds selection since he helped Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier to victory in the Junior road race in Copenhagen nine years ago.
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'It's a big motivation to show that I can do different things' says BelgianThe Tour de France ended just five days ago but Van Aert was still strong, pulling 20 seconds back on Ganna in the second half of the course as the tailwind blew them – at an average of 57kph – back to the motor racing circuit.
Twelve of Voeckler’s pre-selection are currently in action at the Tour de France – Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) is the exception – with Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) and Tour stage winner Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) among those in contention.
Voeckler said that he will pick the first seven names on his Worlds team before the end of the Tour, though the full team will not be confirmed publicly until next Wednesday to allow more time for a decision on Pinot’s participation.
“Those seven will be told personally on Saturday so they can already get the Worlds in mind,” Voeckler said. “I want to keep Thibaut as a wildcard, so we’re going to wait to see if he’s going better.”
Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ) have been confirmed as France’s participants in the individual time trial on Friday, September 25. Neither man will take part in the road race.
Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) will lead the French team in the women’s road race on Saturday, September 24, where she will be joined by Victorie Guilman (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope), Juliette Labous (Sunweb), Sandra Levenez (Arkéa-Samsic) and Evita Muzic (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope). Cordon-Ragot and Labous will also compete in the individual time trial.
Chloe Dygert undergoes surgery to repair laceration in left leg after Worlds crash
American expected to make a full recovery ."We are relieved that this crash was not worse than it could have been. While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter," said Jim Miller, USA Cycling's Chief of Sport Performance. "With Chloe's determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing."The elite women raced a 31.7km flat, out-and-back route that started and finished at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.
France long list for World Championships elite men's road race: Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Quentin Pacher (B & B Hotels-Vital Concept), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis), Nans Peters (Ag2r La Mondiale), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Pierre Rolland (B & B Hotels-Vital Concept), Alexis Vuillermoz (Ag2r La Mondiale)
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Lappartient refutes that UCI is moving too slowly on rider safety .
UCI president talks about the impact of COVID-19 and allegations of teams illegally capturing rider dataSeveral leading team managers have called for an independent body to audit race safety and riders have become more united, neutralising stages at the Tour de France when they felt it was too dangerous and at the Tour de Luxembourg when vehicles entered the race route.