« Sport has never given me such emotion »: Julian Alaphilippe confides in the birth of Nino


The events follow one another at a dizzying pace in the life of Julian Alaphilippe, but it suits him. After confiding in the fairly recent death of his father, the 29-year-old cyclist created the feat by winning the world road championship for the second year in a row. A performance he celebrated with his other half, Marion red. Together, they also had the joy of welcoming their first child last June.

But obviously all this was not enough for the happiness of the athlete who will release his first book very soon. A book called My rainbow year where he recounts his daily life as a high-level athlete, but also his new life as a dad. He evokes in particular the night of the birth of Nino, a disturbing event to which he returns in an interview with the Parisian this Tuesday, November 16, 2021. « Even today, I don’t have the exact words to define my feelings« , he specifies, before recounting in more detail this night that changed everything: « Nino was born in the middle of the night and Marion was taken for treatment. I found myself alone with Nino in my arms ».

You have to become a father to understand it. Before, we say it but we don’t know it

Visibly still moved by the birth of his son, Julian Alaphilippe remembers the first moments together very well. « I looked at him millimeter by millimeter, wondering how it was possible that this little being so light was following me. Suddenly my life changed. You have to become a father to understand it. Before, we say it but we don’t know it « , summarizes the companion of Marion Rousse. And despite unforgettable emotions, whether in the Tour de France or in other prestigious competitions, the papa poule is categorical: « Sport has never given me such emotion ».

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