Julian Alaphilippe 'angry' after cousin and coach linked to EPO positive

Franck Alaphilippe was a trainer for Marion Sicot, who tested positive for EPO in June

Julian Alaphilippe (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) is said to be irritated by the news a rider his coach and cousin, Franck Alaphilippe, previously coached has returned an EPO positive.

French rider Marion Sicot tested positive for the banned substance during doping control at the French time trial championships in June, where she came 10th. Sicot then pulled out of La Course, the women’s race run during the Tour de France, after being told of her positive.

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