Julian Alaphilippe, one of the 2019 most successful riders with twelve victories, has put an end to his season. The 27-year-old Frenchman will therefore not start on Saturday in the Tour of Lombardy.
"I am very sorry that I cannot participate in the Tour of Lombardy and that my great season has come to an end," says Alaphilippe on Tuesday in a press release from his team Deceuninck-Quick Step.
The explosive climber started his year at the end of January in Argentina, stands on 66 race days and noticed a week and a half ago at the World Championships in Yorkshire - where he finished 28th in the road race - that he is too tired to still achieve good results.
"I worked very hard to be able to peak for the third time this season, after the classics in the spring and the Tour de France, but it became clear at the World Cup that I don't have the shape I would like to have. That's why it's more logical to start recovering now for the coming season. "
Alaphilippe won the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, the Waalse Pijl and two stages in the Tour this year. He also wore the yellow leader's sweater for fourteen days in France. "I will never forget this year," he says. "I can't describe how special it was."
Saturday's Tour of Lombardy is the last classic and the penultimate WorldTour race of the year.
Victories Julian Alaphilippe in 2019
- 28-1: Second stage Tour of San Juan
- 29-1: Third stage Tour of San Juan
- 16-2: Fifth stage Tour of Colombia
- 9-3: Strade Bianche
- 14-3: Second stage Tirreno-Adriatico
- 18-3: Sixth stage Tirreno-Adriatico
- 23-3: Milan-San Remo
- 9-4: Second stage Tour of the Basque Country
- 24-4: Walloon Arrow
- 14-6: Sixth stage Critérum du Dauphiné
- 8-7: Tour de France third stage
- 19-7: Tour de France's 13th stage