Julian was discovered by Johan Molly, a masseur by profession and a talent scout for the love of it. It was Molly who suggested that the team management should take a look at this promising young French rider who lives in St-Amand Montrond, the town that in 2013 hosted one of the most beautiful stages in the history of the Tour de France. Julian started riding at 13, preferring the bike over the drums, which he still plays. “My father was an orchestra conductor for many years, so maybe that’s why I love music and rhythm. Like riding, music gives me an outlet for my energy”, Julian says. A lover of cycling in all its forms, he also won two French national championships in cyclo-cross in the Under 23 category. Dynamic and determined, Julian came from the Etixx – Quick-Step Continental team, Etixx-Ihned.
In 2015, his second pro season, Julian Alaphilippe surprised everyone with a strong showing in the Ardennes, coming second in both Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. A couple of weeks later he went on to record an impressive stage win on top of Mount Baldy, in the Tour of California, before finishing runner-up in the general classification, another result which came as a confirmation of his unlimited potential: “I am more confident, much stronger and I hope that what I achieved in 2015 is just the beginning. This year I want to take it step by step and continue my progression.”
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