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“No,” says Julian Alaphilippe. Perhaps the words that were Patrick Lefevere, his general manager at Deceuninck-Quick Step, did not want to hear but Alaphilippe has a brand new honesty.
“I will do my best to have another great season but yes, I understand that it was very special in the last year,” he told journalists with great enthusiasm during his presentation in Calpe, Spain.
"There are many high quality victories – and a lot of emotions – so it will be very difficult to repeat. But we have to try it out, I'll do my best."
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“I won't do Strade Bianche this year, but last year I was very experienced. I was focused on this race during the winter and I was happy to start the European (European) season in Siena. It was amazing all the staff around me to see and attack the territory and play with Fuglsang (Jakob) was really very strong. It was one of my best memories last year. ”
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“People are always nice, stop me and thank me… more than ever,” he says. “This happens more now than ever, but I am very grateful and happy to make the people happy.
“I never dreamed to win the Trip, but when I was yellow, of course you have to think about it and fight (for the jumper). But I always knew that the last few days in the Alps were very difficult for me … and it was very difficult for me. I learned that it is not easy to be in the yellow jumper for 14 days in the Journey, mentally and physically – my fatigue was my worth. ”
Despite adding seed of hope to the minds of his family – and fans of his entertaining and aggressive racing style – Alaphilippe vowed no hope that he could return this year to a concerted split at the general classification, though he did not reject this. later in his career.
“Maybe that is what I start thinking about, but not this year and maybe not being in two years, but I'll be about 30 years old and b & # 39 maybe one minute I can try it, but it is not my main goal this year. ”
Fortunately for Alaphilippe, he has skills supports that allow him to focus on the one-day classics as well as stage races. And all on different lands.
“I'm not a cyclist with just one way to make a trip,” explains Alaphilippe. “I can make a sprint, but I'm not (Mark) Cavendish, I'm a climber but I'm not Christopher Froome so I have to use what I have.
“Last year at the start of the season I was very focused on Sanremo, I worked on my explosion in the sprint and so I thought I was better in sprint than in the mountains. But then I did a lot of training in the mountains and at such a height during the Tour (de France) I was better in the mountains, but I lost my explosion in the sprint. ”
Although he accepts that he could be struggling with the glorious highlights of last year, Alaphilippe is not short for goals for his new season starting at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina on 26 January and, if everyone goes on the road. plan, it runs until October.
“I want to win races again,” he said. “I want to see how I feel in Paris-Nice before (Tour) Flanders. I would also like to be good at the Ardennes and the Liège (-Bastogne-Liège), and then another big block from the national championship to the Olympics. And I hope I can manage my condition to be at the beginning of Giro di Lombardia. ”