Julian Alaphilippe comes this season is no longer in action. That shared his team Quick-Step Tuesday. The Frenchman returns the package for the Tour of Lombardy, which he won last year as the second finished.
“After the world cup I felt empty,” says Alaphilippe. “I still wanted to like the last races in Italy drive, including Lombardy, but this is the right decision. It was a long season with starting February plenty of goals, physically and mentally, many have asked. Preferably, I wanted the season on a positive note to finish, but I have not the condition for it.”
Alaphilippe has the best season of his career with twelve wins, including fleche wallonne, two Tour stages and the Clasica San Sebastian. Quick-Step rides in Italy for the Tour of Lombardy, even Milan-Turin and the Tour of Piedmont.