The future and recovery of Julian Alaphilippe were under a big question mark after the accident in La Vuelta. Julian slid off his bike in one momentum during the race and suffered a shoulder injury. It looked as if the injury was serious and would require a long recovery period, but his team revealed that things are not so serious.
“The scan has revealed there is no further damage than the dislocation originally diagnosed, meaning that Julian can begin mobilising the shoulder immediately, as well as training on his rollers,” said Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl for eurosport.com If Alaphilippe does not feel pain, he could return to training soon.
“Should the movement and the pain be manageable, he then should be able to start full training in the not-too-distant future."
Adam Blythe's forecast
Immediately after the accident, Adam Blythe decided to react and was not so optimistic about the future of Julian Alaphilippe “I think that will be him for the year now.
He’ll be done and dusted.
I don’t think he’ll even try to come back for any races, he’ll just say: ‘Right. That’s it, I’m done. I’m going to focus on next year and come back absolutely swinging.’ Blythe continued with his pessimistic forecasts, and emphasized that this was a great loss for Julian.
“He won't be able to compete in the World Championships, I think. He won’t be what he wanted to be if he did manage to go.
This race for him, it was about building up that form for the World Championships. He’s missed so much racing, he needed this race to perform at the Worlds and sadly it’s not going to happen”.
We also hope that Julian will recover as soon as possible and be ready for the next challenges because he is a really good cyclist and deserves more luck.