This Friday, during an event 100 days from the start of the Tour de France Women 2023, Marion Rousse was notably questioned about the state of form of her companion Julian Alaphilippe.
While Julian Alaphilippe is having a complicated new start to the season, Marion Rousse took stock this Friday of the situation of her companion, forced to forfeit this week for the Amstel Gold Race and the Flèche Wallonne due to a knee injury. Indeed, present at the Arc de Triomphe, during an event 100 days from the start of the Tour de France Women 2023, the race director could not escape a few questions about the puncher of the Soudal team. Quick-Step, when stopped after an infection.
“Julian is fine, but fate has been hounding him for a few seasons now. Personally, he impresses me with his strength of character. I think a lot of people would have been disillusioned by now, but he remains focused and serious all the time, ”said Rousse at first.
“Alaphilippe is really revengeful”
“It is true that it is complicated. (…) He is hopeful of being at the start of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but he knows that he will not be 100%. That’s what’s a little hard too because he can’t manage to be 100% on each of his goals, because he always has misfortunes. He impresses me more now with all his glitches than when he won ten races a year.subsequently explained the director of the Tour de France Women, at the microphone of Cyclism’News. (…) He is already very focused on the Tour de France, he has already planned reconnaissance stages, including Bilbao. He is really revengeful and he especially has a very big desire to do well, especially since he missed the Tour last year. “While he should be back in competition on April 23, “Alaf” now hopes to be able to continue and gradually increase in power before the Grande Boucle 2023, which will start from the Spanish Basque Country on July 1. .