After Imola and Leuven, still Wollongong? Julian Alaphilippe (30) will defend his rainbow jersey on Sunday, but the Frenchman does not consider himself a top favorite after an amputee preparation. But that is by no means a disadvantage: “I don’t feel any pressure at all.”

“Ca va.”

The answer to the most important question – how he is doing now after his fall and retirement in the Vuelta on August 31 – was short and concise.

“I’m here with a lot of motivation and I’m mostly relaxed,” added Julian Alaphilippe immediately. “I’m not in the best shape, that much is certain.”

“I was injured in my previous race. Again, almost the injury too much. I’m not 100 percent, but I’m not worthless either. Only now I have no guarantees.”

I would like to relive everything from the past two years. And I think I’ll be even more satisfied if one of my teammates wins.

Julian Alaphilippe

Does that mean that Alaphilippe is not the French leader? “I’m not the only leader. I have no problem with that.”

“Other leaders have performed better and this course suits them too. I am prepared to give everything for my teammates.”

Alaphilippe says he does not experience any pressure: “Not at all. In Imola (2020) there was pressure, last year I was prepared to lose. I had no pressure in Leuven and now I feel even less pressure (laughs).”

“Of course we are here for a result. I would like to relive everything from the past two years. And I think I will be even more satisfied if one of my teammates wins.”

The mixed feelings after 2 years in the rainbow jersey

Last year, on the eve of the World Cup in Leuven, Julian Alaphilippe already spoke about the pressure of the world champion after a year in the rainbow jersey. He does not shy away from that statement.

“I’ve had some mixed feelings lately,” he said. “On the one hand I think: luckily I will no longer wear that jersey next year and I can – so to speak – become a normal rider again.”

“But on the other hand, this jersey is a dream. This is so big, but it is also demanding. But whatever happens: a third world title or not, next week I will be very happy anyway.”

program and results 2022 World Cycling Championships
Sunday 18 September time trial women elite 34.2 km 1.35 am – 4.30 am Ellen van Dijk (Ned) report
time trial men elite 34.2 km 5.40 am – 9.00 am Tobias Foss (Noo) report
Monday 19 September time trial men promises 28.8 km 5.20 am – 9.00 am Soren Wærenskjold (Noo) report
tuesday 20 september time trial women juniors 14.1 km 1.30 am – 3 am Zoe Backstedt (GBr) report
time trial men juniors 28.8 km 5.20 am – 9.00 am Joshua Tarling (GBr) report
Wednesday September 21 mixed redemption 28.2 km 6.20 am – 9.00 am Switzerland report
Friday September 23 road race men juniors 135.6 km 0.30 am – 4.00 am
road ride men promises 169.8 km 5.00 am – 9.15 am
Saturday September 24 road race women juniors 67.2 km 0.00 am – 1.55 am
road race women elite 164.3 km 3.55 am – 9.00 am
Sunday 25 September road race men elite 266.9 km 2.00 am – 8.50 am

Source: Sporza

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