Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Thursday May 12, 2022 at 4:37 p.m.
The Quick-Step Alha Vinyl team announced on Thursday that Julian Alaphilippe was now cured of his pneumothorax and could resume roller training.
Eighteen days after his terrible fall in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe is beginning to see the end of the tunnel. The world champion suffered from two broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and a pneumothorax (abnormal presence of air in the lungs, editor’s note), after hitting a tree in the ditch 62 kilometers from the finish, and after a stay in the hospital, the soon-to-be 30-year-old runner was able to return home and the latest news given Thursday by his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team is rather reassuring. “Following his fall last month in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the World Champion underwent further examinations at the Herentals hospital. These exams revealed that the pneumothorax he suffered following the accident three weeks ago has fully healed, meaning Julian is now able to resume light training on a set of Tacx rollers. . His condition will continue to be monitored prior to any further decision and a return to racing program will be finalized. Everyone at Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl would like to thank the Herentals team for the care given to Julian,” writes the Belgian outfit in a press release.
The Tour de France starts in 49 days…
Impossible to date to know when Julian Alaphilippe will be able to resume competition and especially to participate in the Tour de France, where all his fans are waiting for him from July 1 in Copenhagen. We should know more in the next few days or weeks. “My recovery is going well and the pain is less severe. I breathe much better and everything is going in the right direction, wrote the world champion on his social networks five days ago. I hope that soon this big fall will be more than a bad memory”. That’s all we can wish him.