Julian Alaphilippe: It's a big motivation to have a date for the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot
Julian Alaphilippe leads Thibaut Pinot on La Planche des Belles Filles at the 2019 Tour de France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

ASO’s announcement that the postponed 2020 Tour de France has been rescheduled for August 29-September 20 was a carefully choreographed affair. France Télévisions, domestic broadcasting partner for ASO events, led with the news on its Journal des 13 heures bulletin, where an interview with Tour director Christian Prudhomme was followed immediately by reaction from the man who wore the maillot jaune for fourteen days, won two stages and placed 5th overall on last year’s Tour, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

“It’s super news. I heard yesterday evening that the Tour de France would still go ahead and it was a great joy because I had started to lose hope a little bit in the current climate,” Alaphilippe told France Télévisions via Skype from his residence in Andorra. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.