“There are different areas of expression: a time trial, curbstones, cobblestones and arrivals for the punchers. Of course there will be movement, ”said Julian Alaphilippe.
“I can’t wait to do the recce (reconnaissance, Editor’s note) and see what we will be able to prepare for this Tour. The first impression makes you want, ”added the Frenchman from the Deceuninck team, winner of six stages of the Tour since 2018 and yellow jersey 18 times.
19 km of cobblestones
Julian Alaphilippe, who has never raced Paris-Roubaix, noted the presence of 19 km of cobblestones before the arrival of the 5th stage in Arenberg on July 6. “It will spice up the Tour,” smiled the world champion, very comfortable on the cobblestones of the Tour of Flanders last year.
The Bourbonnais, often on the attack in the Tour 2021, but sometimes out of time after his initial stage victory, assured that he would take this experience into account, after a first year spent with the rainbow jersey of world champion. “I will set myself goals, I will target them and stick to them, whether it works or not, it does not matter,” he announced. “I think I have already shown the jersey enough, I will continue to do so.”
Acclaimed on his arrival on the Parisian stage of the Palais des Congrès, he admitted: “It warms the heart! “Before paying tribute to his companion, Marion Rousse, who presented the Tour de France women of which she is the first director:” She was tough! She takes this role very seriously, she works a lot, I am very proud of her. “