Julian Alaphilippe reveals his big ambitions for 2021 season

The world champion will return to the Tour of Flanders and the Tour de France before shot at Olympic glory in the summer

World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) will return to aim for victory in the Tour of Flanders in the spring, before lining up for the Tour de France and the Olympic Games road race later in the summer.

The Frenchman memorably crashed out of Flanders on his debut in the reorganised 2020 edition, having made it into the leading trio with Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). Alaphilippe suffered a broken hand after crashing into a stationary motorbike with 35km to go and was forced to abandon.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).