With 12 new additions to his palmarès including wins at Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and two stages of the Tour de France – not to mention fifth overall there after spending two weeks in the yellow jersey– the Frenchman has packed more success into a single year than most riders see in their entire careers.
But despite his astounding successes from January to July, there could yet be more to come as Alaphilippe and his inner circle plan a third act to his phenomenal 2019. The World Championships road racein Yorkshire is the final goal of his season, after the spring Classics and Tour de France.
Getting there in top form, for a third peak in five months, will take some managing though. It was a balance he couldn't strike in 2018, finding success in April and July before his bid for Worlds glory stalled on the brutal, near-30 per cent slopes of Höttinger Höll in the race finale in Innsbruck.
This year, things could be different, with Alaphilippe's cousin and coach Franck Alap…
Con i successi nelle gare a Lintao Gansu l'atleta azzurro ha guadagnato punti preziosi ai fini del ranking olimpico che ci vede attualmente al 12° posto, ad un passo dalla qualificazione per Tokyo 2020.