Julian Alaphilippe: The rainbow jersey makes people make mistakes

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) may have hung up his wheels for the winter but the two-time road world champion has kept himself busy with a new book out at the start of November.

Titled ‘Julian’ the book charts a year in the life of the Frenchman and tracks the highs and personal lows he has faced since winning the first of his rainbow jerseys in 2021. At a press event to publicize the book, Alaphilippe told reporters that wearing the rainbow jersey caused him to make mistakes as a rider.

He pointed to the finish of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2021, when he celebrated too soon in sprint and lost out to Primož Roglič and several other riders as a prime example. He also hinted at the pressures that come with racing as the men’s world champion and the idea of disappointing fans was a weight on his shoulders at times.

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