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Alaphilippe may not target GC victory in 2020 Grand Tours

Alaphilippe may not target GC victory in 2020 Grand Tours

03/01/2020 at 10:23Updated 03/01/2020 at 17:52

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julian Alaphilippe has revealed he may not switch his focus to triumph in general classification in 2020's Grand Tours - despite finishing fifth overall in Paris last year.

“What’s certain is that I won’t have five teammates around me,” Alaphilippe told L’Equipe.

“There will be a sprinter. We won’t start with a team to control the race, but rather to win stages. If there is a turn in my career and I have to think about the general classification of the Tour, it won’t come before the end of my contract in two years’ time.”

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He also hopes to put in a good performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where the road race will take place six days after the end of the Tour de France.

“If I’m in form at the start of the Tour, it will be complicated to be in form [still] at the end,” Alaphilippe said. “And there are also the Olympic Games, so you need to plan well.”