Alaphilippe slowly on the mend from mononucleosis

Julian Alaphilippe's breakout 2015 season, which included two runner-up finishes in the Ardennes Classics, came to a disappointing conclusion when the 23-year-old Frenchman picked up a case of mononucleosis toward the end of the year. Although he's training again after a two-and-a-half month hiatus, just where he'll start his 2016 campaign is still undecided.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.