Julian was discovered by Johan Molly, a masseur by profession and a talent scout for the love of it. It was Molly who suggested that the team management should take a look at this promising young French rider who lives in St-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, preferring 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. A lover of cycling in all its forms, he also won two French national championships in cyclo-cross in the Under 23 category.
2016 was Julian’s best season since turning pro, one during which he was once again a main figure of the Ardennes Classics, finishing 6th in Amstel Gold Race and second in Flèche Wallonne, before taking his maiden GC win at the Tour of California, following a resounding success in the queen-stage to Gibraltar Road. In the summer, he came 6th at the Criterium du Dauphiné, winning the young riders jersey in the process, and made his Grand Tour debut at the Tour de France, earning plaudits for his aggressive style of racing. All these results will make him one rider to watch out for during the 2017 season.
UCI Ranking: 20
#Top-10 positions: 16
Race distance covered: 8603 km
Days of racing: 52 days