Julian Alaphilippe to balance pressure to perform with enjoying second season as world champion

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl)
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On one hand, the reigning World Champion Julian Alaphilippe remains as hungry as ever to win. On the other, the Frenchman now insists that he spent much of 2021 learning how to handle the immense increase in expectations that inevitably surrounds any wearer of the coveted rainbow jersey.

In 2022, Alaphilippe told the media during the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl press day in Spain, he aims to put that lesson in public pressure to the best use possible. Particularly as those performance expectations received a massive boost last September in Belgium after Alaphilippe soloed to victory in cycling's biggest one day race for a second straight year.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.