Valverde: “I had great legs”
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “For sure I’m in a great condition. I’ve been feeling good since the Volta a Catalunya and I’ve showed it again today. I’m really happy to be so close to the best, Primoz [Roglič] and Julian [Alaphilippe]. I had great legs but I had to make a big effort to get back because I was in a bad position entering the Mur. I’ve...
Roglič: “I was just there, why not attack?”
Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma): “Julian [Alaphilippe] caught me and passed me so he was definitely the strongest. Congrats to him, he deserves to win. It was a hard climb in the finish. I was just there, why not attack? With legs a little bit stronger, maybe I could have won but congrats to Julian. There isn’t much philosophy in the last climb: if you have the legs,...
Alaphilippe: “This one really feels good”
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step): “I wanted to show people I was strong in the head. I haven’t won a lot since the beginning of the season, it was important to me to raise my arms again. I wanted so much to win again on such a hard race. I’m proud of my teammates, they did a wonderful job to put me in the best position. Mikkel Honoré dropped...
The Mur doesn't lie: Alaphilippe is back on top
The 168 starters roll from the Dôme, Spirou Charleroi Bastket Club’s facility, and reach km 0 at 11:32. UAE Team Emirates, featuring last year’s winner Marc Hirschi and Tadej Pogačar, don’t start after two members of the team underwent tests that returned positive to Covid-19.
Attacks fly from the gun and it takes 19km of hard battle for a group...
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
2. Primoz Rogllič (Jumbo-Visma)
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), +6''
4. Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), +8''
5. Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), +11''
Alaphilippe takes his 3rd Flèche Wallonne!
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) wins the 85th Flèche Wallonne ahead of Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Roglič goes with 300m to go
Pidcock leads the chase.
Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious) is just ahead of the bunch with 1km to go.
The final ascent!
1.3km to go. Lammertink is caught at the bottom by the AG2R-led peloton.
5km to go!
Lammertink holds on to a 10'' gap.
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