Teams & Riders Julian Alaphilippe Discussion Thread

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There were at least 2 stages in last year's Tour when this happened (1. stage when Alaph won and 3. stage when MvdP won and got yellow).
  1. Yeah, those kind of stuff kind of happened in TdF last year, in 2021 Strade, in Tirreno 2021. But I'm thinking more of the cobbles stage this year that 20 k's from the front an elite group would form with just those 4-5 guys. Could potentially be the best cycling television ever made.
  2. it's not because it happened before, that I can't hope it happens again in the future. Mano a mano fights between those guys is what makes cycling absolutely thrilling. It's kind of unfair to the real sprinters en climbers in the peleton, but I find one day races or stages where sprinters, punchers, climbers and classic riders meet each other on a relative equal foot the most interesting races of all.
 
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IIRC this is the exact same set of injuries that JVDB had in the 2011 TDF crash. Broken ribs, collapsed lung, broken scapula... He had exactly 40 days between the crash and the start of the Vuelta. He clearly wasn't at his best at the Vuelta but still managed to finish 8th in GC.
If the scapula is not badly displaced he could race in a week. It takes a long time to heal and it generally doesn't hurt a great deal to ride with it. Ribs take 2 weeks and the collapsed lung is either working or it isn't he'd know that pretty quick, too. I think he could be in better shape after a week of racing as long as he can ride in a comfortably safe part of the field. Week 1 is always a crapshoot so that is an important level of strength to have. At this point he's still sidelined until another team casualty occurs?
 
Ala out of Wallonie with Covid. What a thoroughly *** season for him.
The positive spin to this is that he should avoid covid now at the vuelta. So his preparation for Wolrd championships and lombardia won't be affected by it, and still 3 weeks before vuelta so form shouldn't be affected too much

Unfortunately it puts San Sebastian in doubt, it would be his next race after wallonie and is 6 days away
 
The positive spin to this is that he should avoid covid now at the vuelta. So his preparation for Wolrd championships and lombardia won't be affected by it, and still 3 weeks before vuelta so form shouldn't be affected too much
Well, this will depend a lot on how heavy his symphtoms will be. There are still a lot of riders with much worse form weeks after a COVID infection..
 
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