Julian Alaphilippe forced to skip Ardennes Classics
Apr 11 2017 07:55 pm CET

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Julian ALAPHILIPPE

Julian Alaphilippe will not ride the Ardennes Classics. The rider of Quick-Step Floors is still suffering from a knee injury.

The Frenchman hurt his knee in a fall during the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and will now have to undergo some examinations to determine the nature of his injury and the time he will be off the bike.

"It's a very difficult moment for me. In the past days I didn't train, hoping the pain will go away, but this didn't happen," said Alaphilippe. "I am sad to miss the Ardennes Classics, which I'm very fond of, but there really is nothing I can do about it.

"Despite this, I remain upbeat and hope to return as soon as possible to action. At the same time, I want to wish all the best to my teammates who will ride the Ardennes over the next weeks."

The Frenchman was runner-up at the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the 2016 La Fleche Wallone.
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media




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