Will 2022 be the year Julian Alaphilippe finishes the Tour de France in yellow?

Having enjoyed 14 days in yellow in 2019, and held the jersey every subsequent year, could the French rider roll into Paris the leader?

Julian Alaphilippe on stage two of the 2021 Tour de France
The French rider spent 14 days in yellow in 2019, and took the honour in 2021, but when will he seek an overall win?
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Given the number of big races he not only wins, but bends to his will, you’d be forgiven for thinking bike racing was a walk in the park for Julian Alaphilippe.

Turns out, however, it’s really difficult. His most effortless pursuit? Becoming a father. 

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.