The medical toll is heavy for Julian Alaphilippe after his fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège

A fall at 80 km/h is rarely forgiving and Julian Alaphilippe was sadly able to see this this Sunday in Liège-bastogne-Liège. The one who was aiming for a first victory in the race that has made him dream since his second place in 2015, saw his ambitions cut short just under 60 kilometers from the finish. Caught in a massive fall, he ended up in the ditch and suffered according to the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl from injuries to the ribs, shoulder and lung.

In detail, the tricolor double world champion fractured two ribs, which led to the perforation of a lung, which explains why he could no longer breathe immediately after the fall, as well as his shoulder blade. At his bedside very quickly after this one, Romain Bardet saw the extent of the damage and heard his compatriot and friend tell him that he could not “no more moving“. The Frenchman from the DSM then tried to call for help so that an intervention could be made quickly, but the help was blocked by cars and the many runners caught up in the incident.

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It was a nightmare” commented Bardet, who was very afraid for Alaphilippe. He was finally taken care of by an ambulance, “aware“according to his partner Marion Rousse who was commenting on the race for France Televisions.

Later, VeloNews relayed an internal source at Quick-Step who explained that the runner was undergoing examinations at the hospital. After these, Alaphilippe will remain under observation. Its duration of unavailability is not known and will obviously depend on the degree of the various fractures. His next goal is none other than the Tour de France which starts on July 1st from Denmark, in just under ten weeks.

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