Alaphilippe: The World Championships was a day of suffering – I was just happy to finish

Julian Alaphilippe
An exhausted Julian Alaphilippe after a long, cold, wet Worlds (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Julian Alaphilippe emerged from the AG2R La Mondiale bus the French team were using for the World Championships with large, puffy bags under his bloodshot eyes. Six and a half hours of riding through driving rain had clearly taken its toll.

"My eyes didn't look like this this morning, put it that way," he joked when a reporter, seemingly genuinely concerned, pointed them out.

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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.