The run-up to the Tour de France noticed lots of hypothesis over the inclusion – or lack of – Mark Cavendish in Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl’s squad, particularly within the British press. His absence, at the good thing about Fabio Jakobsen, meant he was unable to have a go at profitable one other stage and holding the document for wins outright. A tragedy for some.

Nevertheless, in all of the fuss over Cavendish’s absence, one other loss to the Tour, additionally from Fast-Step, was a bit obfuscated. Julian Alaphilippe, the two-time world champion, the person who has gained levels on the final 4 Tour de France, and worn the yellow jersey on the three most up-to-date, was pressured to remain at dwelling.

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