Jacques Alaphilippe, Julian Alaphilippe’s father, passed away last weekend after a long illness. “Our thoughts are with the family,” says Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Julian Alaphilippe’s team.
Jacques Alaphilippe, Jo for short, had been seriously ill for a while. The former musician and orchestra leader was still present in the Tour de France last year. Alaphilippe senior – who was already confined to a wheelchair – had descended to the Champs-Elysées and after the final stage an intimate hug between father and son followed.
“We are very sad about the death of Jo Alaphilippe, Julian’s father and (coach) Franck’s uncle,” Deceuninck-Quick-Step writes on Twitter. “The thoughts of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step family are with them. We thank you for the support and also ask to respect their desire for privacy in this difficult time. ”