Patrick Lefevere believes Julian Alaphilippe capable of winning the Tour de France during his career. Asked this Sunday by the Journal Today in France, the boss of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team assured that the French had been unfairly deprived of a coronation in 2019.
Claiming victory this Sunday on the Tour of Flanders, Julian Alaphilippe dreams of shining with his rainbow jersey of world champion on his shoulders. On the Monuments of course, and also on the next Tour de France (from June 26 to July 18, 2021). Patrick Lefevere, his general manager within the Deceuninck-Quick Step team, believes in him and recalled this Sunday that the Frenchman should have already entered his name on the list of the Grande Boucle in 2019.
“For a long time, we said no (that he could not win) concerning him because he was too young. To aim for the Tour, you have to know not to disperse and pose the right attack, explained the boss of the Belgian team. during an interview with Le Parisien newspaper. But I would already like to say something: in 2019, if the regulations had been applied correctly, Julian would win the Tour! “
Lefevere: “It would just remain his name on the prize list”
Prize for combativeness, winner of two stages and wearing the yellow jersey for fourteen days, Julian Alaphilippe finally cracked two days before the finish on the Champs-Elysées, at the end of an alpine stage stopped prematurely after a hailstorm and a landslide. A bitter memory for Patrick Lefevere after the fifth place of his protégé.
“The stage of Tignes, which was cut off due to a landslide, should not have been validated with manual timing at the Col de l’Iseran not planned, again pleaded the person in charge of the Deceuninck-Quick Step. And, there, Julian could have kept his jersey until the end. And, in twenty years, who would have remembered that? It would just remain his name on the charts. “
Lefevere ready to bet on Alaphilippe’s victory
Finally beaten by Egan Bernal in 2019, Julian Alaphilippe has not said his last word on the Great Loop according to his mentor. So much so that Patrick Lefevere said he was ready to bet on “Alafpolak”
“I know what the French want to hear. But I will be sincere: the 100 euros, I put them on the Tour, concluded the leader of the Deceuninck. If all goes well and there is no bad luck, yes, Alaphilippe can win the Tour. There, I told you. It’s the truth. It’s possible. “