It is from Nancy that Bernard Hinault attended the feat of Julian Alaphilippe. He will meet him on Tuesday as he will travel the last 45 kilometers of the 4th stage between Reims and Nancy with other personalities to raise funds as part of the operation "a child, a bike" organized by Century 21. Clin d 'eye of history, it was in Nancy that Bernard Hinault had donned his first yellow jersey during the Tour 1978. Forty-one years later, Alaphilippe has experienced the same happiness.
What did you think at the time of the Alaphilippe attack?
BERNARD HINAULT. Frankly, I said to myself it's won ". It showed in his attitude that he would go to the end. The pedal stroke was good. I really like this style of attack well trench and that starts right at the right time. It's cycling that I like. At one point, you have to unplug everything and leave. To see it in every stroke was beautiful. The guy, he has a huge reputation and he is up to the ambitions we had for him. It's easy to say this step suits me ". It is less obvious to answer this pile at the right time. Respect.
You sometimes say that modern cycling is a bit boring. There, you must have been delighted …
You know what ? I saw the bike I knew when I was a runner. Julian Alaphilippe is exceptional because he believes in him. He runs like in my day. Doubt is for others. He knows where he is strong and when he wants to attack, he does not look at how others are. No, he's attacking. So when it pays like that, I can only be happy
Does it surprise you?
Why ? It is in continuity, on the contrary. In 2018, he wins two stages and the polka dot jersey. There he won Milan San Remo or the Flèche Wallonne. He's just super strong all the time and not just on the Tour.
Can he keep the yellow jersey Thursday night after the rise of the Planche des Belles Daughters?
But how to know with the shape he has! He is a little ahead of the good climbers. Afterwards, do not tell anything and say that he will win the Tour. The high mountains, it may be too complicated for him.
Can you imagine one day winning three-week races?
I want to say no but there, he will want to see what it is right in the high mountains. Maybe he can have a click. But in any case, if he decides to work hard to aim for a grand tour, it will be necessary to see. But for now, I'm happy. Frankly, his victory gave me a lot of fun.