Alaphilippe to lead France at Imola World Championships

MERIBEL FRANCE SEPTEMBER 16 Podium Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Most Combative Rider Celebration during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 17 a 170km stage from Grenoble to Mribel Col de la Loze 2304m TDF2020 LeTour on September 16 2020 in Mribel France Photo by Christophe PetitTesson PoolGetty Images
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Julian Alaphilippe will lead the French team at the World Championships 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.

Voeckler named a pre-selection of 13 riders on Wednesday and he will name the final eight-man squad after the Tour de France finishes this weekend. He will be without the services of Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), who abandoned the Tour 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.

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