Julian Alaphilippe confirmed on Friday that he would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics in a series of messages posted on social networks. According to the newspaper L’Equipe, the world champion in road cycling would have chosen to stay with his partner and his unborn child by then.
A chance for a medal flies to France in Tokyo. Fourth and at the foot of the podium in Rio in 2016, Julian Alaphilippe formalized this Friday his absence from the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8. The reigning road cycling world champion preferred to retire for personal reasons.
“Hello everyone, I am informing you after having thought for a long time, in agreement with the coach of the France team and my team Deceuninck Quick step, not to be a candidate for a selection for the next Tokyo Olympics, confirmed Julian Alaphilippe on social media. It’s a personal and well-considered decision. “
Alaphilippe should enjoy her newborn baby
Claiming an Olympic medal or even the supreme title, the number one preferred to focus on other goals and in particular the Tour de France from June 28 to July 18. The drastic health conditions imposed on the athletes during the Games and the absence of an audience could have influenced the Frenchman’s decision.
According to the newspaper L’Equipe, the withdrawal of Julian Alaphillippe could also be explained by the birth of his first child next June. He even wanted to skip the Grande Boucle before being convinced otherwise by his manager Patrick Lefévère. Immediately caught up in the Grande Boucle, the rider of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team would have been far from his partner Marion Rousse and their first born for a very long time with the Tokyo Tour-JO sequence.
“End of season objectives have been defined and in this sense choices must be made,” said the Frenchman who will celebrate his 29th birthday on June 11. I would be very proud to wear the France team jersey for the next world championships. Of course, I wish the best for the team that will be fielded on this occasion. See you soon! “