21 things you didn't know about Julian Alaphilippe

From his cyclo-cross beginnings to his favourite film genre

Julian Alaphilippe celebrating in the rainbow jersey
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Date of birth11/06/1992Row 0 - Cell 2
Place of birthSaint-Amand-Montrond, FranceRow 1 - Cell 2
NationalityFrenchRow 2 - Cell 2
Nickname(s)Loulou, AlafpolakRow 3 - Cell 2
Height1.73m / 5ft 8inRow 4 - Cell 2
Weight62kgRow 5 - Cell 2
ResidesAndorraRow 6 - Cell 2
PartnerMarion RousseRow 7 - Cell 2
Turned pro2013Row 8 - Cell 2
TeamSoudal Quick-StepRow 9 - Cell 2
BikeSpecialized S-Works Tarmac SL7Row 10 - Cell 2
CoachFranck AlaphilippeRow 11 - Cell 2
Twitter@alafpolak1Row 12 - Cell 2
Instagram@alafpolakRow 13 - Cell 2

A two-time road world champion, Julian Alaphilippe is one of the most decorated cyclists of his generation. He has won Classics in Strade Bianche and La Flèche Wallonne, a Monument in Milan-San Remo and multiple stages of the Tour de France.

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.