Alaphilippe recons Tour de France climbs in French Alps

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) ahead of stage 1 of the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) ahead of stage 1 of the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After doing a reconnaissance ride of the route of the Tour of Flanders last week, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe wasted no time in heading down to the French Alps to do a recon ride of some of the climbs that feature on the route of this year's Tour de France on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Frenchman was set to ride his first Tour of Flanders in April, but the coronavirus pandemic has seen the Belgian one-day Classic pushed back to October. This year's rescheduled Tour de France, therefore – set for August 20-September 30 – will come before the 'spring' Classics, such as Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

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