Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “I was obviously the man to beat today. Everybody was racing against me and against Movistar. But it’s normal. It looked like I was the strongest so they all tried to beat me. I’m happy with this place of second. Alaphilippe is...
Julian Alapahilippe (Quick-Step Floors): “Finishing twice behind Alejandro Valverde, it was first a surprise and then a huge frustration but also a confirmation. I really wanted to win a big race, and to win today, la Flèche wallonne, ahead of Alejandro Valverde,...
Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal): “I’m very happy to be third here. This is the week with my favorite races so I’m really delighted. We took the start with Tim (Wellens) as our leader, and Tiesj (Benoot) and I were supposed to help him in the finale. I did a...
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won’t make it five wins in a row atop the Mur de Huy! The Spanish veteran found a young rival finally able to overthrow him with Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) dominating everyone in the infamous climb. The Frenchman...
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
3. Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal)
4. Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott)
5. Michael Matthews (Sunweb)
Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) claims his first win on la Flèche wallonne ahead of five time winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) sets the pace right behind the last attacker.
The leading duo faces the last 1.3km up the Mur de Huy with a lead of 20". Nibali and Kangert are caught.
Jack Haig and Maximilian Schachmann get away at the front of the race. Vincenzo Nibali and Tanel Kangert are chasing with a delay of 7". The gap with the peloton is at 25".
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) accelerates at the summit. The other attackers follow him. The gap is down to 15" with 5.5km to go.
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