Julian Alaphilippe ruled out of Tour de France after surgery for knee injury

Quick-Step Floors rider off the bike for at least a month

Paris-Nice 2017 stage six.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Home favourite Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) has been ruled out of the Tour de France after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

After wearing the yellow jersey at Paris-Nice, the 24-year-old Frenchman had already been forced to miss the Ardennes Classics with a knee injury which he sustained at the Tour of the Basque Country, and now faces a much longer lay-off than had initially been expected.

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