Julian Alaphilippe selected for the world championships

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After a period of uncertainty over whether Julian Alaphilippe would compete in the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, the two-time world champion has been confirmed as a starter.

Alaphilippe, who triumphed at Imola and Leuven, crashed out of the Vuelta a España just under two weeks ago on stage 11 of the race, dislocating his shoulder in the process.

His participation in Worlds was on the line, and his QuickStep-AlphaVinyl team boss Patrick Lefevere has since said it would be “risky” for him to race in Australia, but the French Cycling Federation (FFC) has confirmed that he would lead his men’s team. selection next week.

A strong team sees Alaphilippe leading a nine-man group that also includes Romain Bardet, newly naturalized citizen Pavel Sivakov and Christophe Laporte.

Valentin Madouas, Quentin Pacher, Florian Sénéchal, Rémi Cavagna and Bruno Armirail also made the cut, with Cavagna and Armirail taking part in the individual time trial.

Among the notable absentees from the selection are several climbers such as David Gaudu, Thibaut Pinot and Guillaume Martin, as well as the sprinter Arnaud Démare.

A strong French women’s team will be led by Audrey Cordon-Ragot, who recently finished second in the Simac Ladies Tour, as well as Juliette Labous, who finished fourth in the Tour de France Women. Evita Muzic and Aude Biannic are among the other squad options while Coralie Demay, Marie Le Net and Gladys Verhulst also make the selection.

Biannic, Le Net and Demay will take part in the mixed relay event alongside Cavagna and Armirail plus U23 rider Eddy Le Huitouze.

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