Double World champion French rider Julian Alaphilippe, 29-year-old, sustained multiple injuries after hitting a tree at high speed during Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège race, 60 kilometers from the finish. It was a mass pile-up that decimated much of the peloton, on the descent before the Col du Rosier. Britain’s Tom Pidcock, Ineos’ Olympic mountain bike champion, was one of the first to fall and about 30 riders crashed in total. Alaphilippe “suffered two broken ribs, a broken scapula and a collapsed lung.” He was conscious when he was treated in the ambulance. “His condition is stable, but will need to be hospitalised for observation,” a statement released by his team, QuickStep AlphaVinyl said.
As one of the favorites for Liège-Bastogne- Liège, Alaphilippe’s withdrawal changed the situation in the race. The race was won by Alaphilippe’s teammate, Remco Evenepoel, 22. “It was amazing, it was really hard,” an emotional Evenepoel said after his win Many other riders were also affected by the crash. Alaphilippe has fallen three times in races this season, includinging crashes at Strade Bianche in early March and La Fleche Brabanconne 10 days ago. Over the last three years, Alaphilippe wore the Tour de France yellow jersey for 18 stages.