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World champion Julian Alaphilipp­e to skip Tokyo Games

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French world road race champion Julian Alaphilipp­e will skip the Olympic road race for personal reasons, he said yesterday. “After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided, after agreeing with the national coach and my Deceuninck-Quick Step team, not to make myself available for selection for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics,” Alaphilipp­e wrote on Instagram.

“It is a personal, well-considered decision,” added the 28-yearold, who is becoming a father next month.

Alaphilipp­e, who was fourth in the Olympic road race in 2016, will however be at the start of the Tour de France on June 26 in Brest.

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