Julian Alaphilippe: World Championships will be completely different to Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
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The problem with success is that it raises the bar. If he didn’t know it already, Julian Alaphilippe surely discovered as much at the Tour de France, where a stage win and three days in the maillot jaune came to be deemed as a meagre return after his outsized achievements in July of last year.

Alaphilippe’s aptitude in all manner of one-day races – as evidenced by his victories at Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and Flèche Wallonne last year – means that his World Championships record is also judged against a harsh scale.

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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.