Alaphilippe says Lefevere comments won't affect him as QuickStep boss doubles down

Frances Julian Alaphilippe L and Belgian General manager of team Etixx QuickStep Patrick Lefevere R speak during a press conference in Nimes during a rest day as part of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 22 2019 Photo by GERARD JULIEN AFP Photo credit should read GERARD JULIENAFP via Getty Images
Julian Alaphilippe and Patrick Lefevere ahead of the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

The tensions between Julian Alaphilippe and his Soudal-QuickStep team boss, Patrick Lefevere, are dragging on, with each party issuing a new round of comments via the press. 

Lefevere had struck a harsh tone as he set out expectations ahead of the season, putting pressure on the two-time world champion to bounce back after an injury-ridden 2022 campaign. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.