Julian Alaphilippe pulls out of Il Lombardia due to fatigue

The Frenchman’s season-long success has taken its toll

Julian Alaphilippe has pulled out of Il Lombardia
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Quick-Step Floors’ Julian Alaphilippe has pulled out of Il Lombardia due to fatigue after a long and successful season.

The Frenchman, who was one of the pre-race favourites, said exhaustion has set in after the World Championships in Innsbruck and has ended his season a few days early.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.