The French national team selector admitted that the shoulder injury of his captain at the World Cup in Australia is “a serious blow to the face of the team”.
“Especially because he was in an ideal, constructive phase in his preparation for the World Cup. But everything in its time; we will see if we will do it with him or without him.”
The fact that Voeckler still thinks in 2 scenarios proves his hope to still be able to take Alaphilippe to Wollongong. “The injury is still too fresh, we need more perspective. Of course it was a hard fall, but luckily there are no fractures. Although time is not on our side.”
“I hope he can recover as soon as possible so that we can also draw our conclusions,” he rolls out the carpet again.
France is allowed to send the maximum number of 8 riders to the world championship on September 25. Alaphilippe is not included in that. He is, as reigning world champion, automatically qualified.
“If he’s at the start there will be 9 French riders. If he’s not at the start there will be 8. So I don’t have to choose between Julian and someone else,” explains Voeckler. He planned to announce his roster on September 12, but it remains to be seen whether Alaphilippe’s injury will put a stop to that.
Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl came with some good medical news today. Other than his dislocated shoulder, the world champion has no other injuries.
Alaphilippe underwent several medical examinations at the Ronse hospital today. “The CT scan showed that there are no other injuries besides the initially identified dislocation of the shoulder.”
“Julian can immediately begin rehabilitation and mobilization of his shoulder and will train for it on rollers,” a press release said.
Alaphilippe could resume normal workouts “in the not-so-distant future,” depending on the pain he’s experiencing.