61| Mikel LANDA MEANA
Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious): “Super happy with this result”
I didn’t have a plan, I just tried to keep a good position within the bunch. I’m super happy with this result. It gives me a lot of confidence. I didn’t feel well after the Tour of Basque Country, as I fell ill and it was a bit difficult to recover from all the efforts. Now I’m looking at Liège confidently. With Remco there, Pogacar and him might look at each other. We can use that to our advantage and have an option to surprise.
It’s better for me if the race breaks open before, but today it was impossible for this to happen because...
175| Skjelmose Mattias JENSEN
Matthias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo): “Grateful to be 2nd behind Pogacar”
I told Danish TV before the start that I would be grateful if I got a 2nd place behind Tadej, because he might be the best-rider ever. I think his only weak spot is when he gets too excited and forgets to eat. Jumbo-Visma exploited it last year, and for now I think he won’t make that mistake again. Tadej is just a one-in-a-century kind of rider. Hopefully we can get closer to him… but as of now he doesn’t have any weak spots.
At Trek-Segafredo we knew that we had a very good team for this Ardennes classics already before this race. 2nd and...
121| Tadej POGAČAR
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “The perfect race”
It was the perfect race from our point of view. I must say a big ‘thank you’ to my teammates. It is a huge boost for me when they do such an amazing job like they did today. I had to finish it off – otherwise, all that work would have amounted to nothing.
We obviously needed to pull from the beginning. Nobody needed to give us a hand – maybe Ineos. My guys were a bit tired in the end, but anyway we made it as planned. It helped me that everybody was looking at me today. Most of the bunch was looking at my back and that gave us space to move...
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