Hailing from Saint-Amand-Montrond, the town that in 2013 hosted one of the most beautiful stages in the history of the Tour de France, Julian started riding at 13, choosing the bike over the drums, which he still plays. “My father was an orchestra conductor for many years, so maybe that’s why I love music and rhythm. Like riding, music gives me an outlet for my energy”, Julian says.
In 2017, the pocket-rocket climber started with a bang, winning three distinctive jerseys in the Abu Dhabi Tour and Paris-Nice, as well as a stage in the “Course au Soleil”, but a knee injury hindered his spring, keeping him out of his beloved Ardennes Classics and Tour de France.
He returned stronger and motivated for the second part of the season, where he took a spectacular stage victory at the Vuelta a España, before capping off the year by coming runner-up in Il Lombardia, France’s best placing there in two decades, results on which he hopes to build on in 2018.
UCI Ranking: 5
#Top-10 positions: 16
Race distance covered: 4662 km
Days of racing: 29 days