Alaphilippe to defend cycling world title

Julian Alaphilippe will defend his road race title at the World Championships in Wollongong despite dislocating his right shoulder in a crash in the Vuelta a Espana this month.

Alaphilippe's participation was in doubt after the QuickStep-AlphaVinyl rider suffered a crash in stage 11 on the Vuelta.

However, the French Cycling Federation said on Tuesday that Alaphilippe will lead their men's selection at the world championships, set to be held from September 18-25.

Alaphilippe won the world title in 2020 in Imola, Italy and in Leuven, Belgium in 2021.