Allez Julian! The rise of a French hero

With his neatly trimmed goatee and dashing brilliance on the bike, Julian Alaphilippe is France’s new musketeer, stealing hearts and putting his rivals to the sword, writes Pete Cossin

Julian Alaphilippe on stage four of the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

French former riders Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler’s long-time team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau once said that if he could marry the natural talent of the former with the ferocious determination and tactical nous of the latter, he would have a world-beater. In essence, he would have created Julian Alaphilippe, cycling’s number one rider, who cemented […]