'Losing the plot in public - it's mental' - Geraint Thomas on Patrick Lefevere's criticism of Julian Alaphilippe

Ineos Grenadiers rider says he feels sorry for his peers who are criticised in public by the Soudal Quick-Step boss

Geraint Thomas/Julian Alaphilippe
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Geraint Thomas has described Patrick Lefevere's public criticism of Julian Alaphilippe as "bonkers", saying he feels sorry for peers criticised by the the Soudal Quick-Step boss.

Last week, comments emerged from Lefevere suggesting that Alaphilippe was out of form due to "too many parties", also referencing his partner Marion Rousse - the Tour de France Femmes director - in the process. Alaphilippe is out of contract at the end of 2024, and his form has tailed off in the last two seasons.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.