For many in the success of the French team at the world championships, Julian Alaphilippe impresses his compatriots like Julien Bernard.
Julian Alaphilippe will not join Peter Sagan in the history books. In search of a third world title, a feat that only the Czech managed to achieve, the Mâconnais could not influence the race as usual. Blame it on a precarious form, a consequence of his shoulder injury in the Vuelta – and a race scenario which saw a group of 25 riders – including four Frenchmen – take the lead and put Remco Evenepoel in orbit.
Delighted to see his teammate at Quick-Step succeed him on the list, the double world champion was just as happy with the second place won by Christophe Laporte. Nothing surprising for Julien Bernard, present alongside Julian Alaphilippe in 2019 and 2020, the year of his first coronation, at Imola. “Julian is the guy who created the band. Off the bike, at the table, in the evening, or before the race, it’s the guy who makes you want to, who creates the links between the different riders of the French team and who makes you want to get high, for him but also for the team”ignited the son of Jean-François Bernard.
Julian is always happy, always happy
“For those who know him, he really is in front of a camera like he is in real life. He gives a lot, he has a big heart and that’s what makes everyone come together behind him for a common goal.” he added, convinced that the Mâconnais experienced the loss of his rainbow jersey as a relief. “It’s a burden. Any rider who has been world champion has felt the pressure of this jersey. Pedersen, kind of the same thing happened to him. »
And giving up the iridescent tunic should be all the less of a problem for him as Julian Alaphilippe never seems affected by his defeats. “Julian is always happy, always happy. I have this image of the Tour de France, in 2019, when the hail stopped us and he had just lost his yellow jersey, he was celebrating with the supporters on the side of the road. It’s always been something incredible about Julian, in defeat or in victory, it’s always been someone who has a positive attitude. pointed out the Trek Segafredo rider, adding: “He needs the love of the public, his teammates and everyone gives him back because he really is someone with a big heart. »