No, Alejandro Valverde did not win in Liège for the fifth time and did not match the legendary Eddy Merck’s legend.
And Julian Alaphilippe did not win, after the Grand Prix race last Wednesday. the podium was not even Roman Kreuziger.
The fourth cycling monument of this season became the prey of the 25-year-old Bob Bob Jungels.
Jerome Baugnies, the last survivor of the nine-member group, spent the day spilling all day.
Roman Kreuziger, the only leader of the Mitchelton-Scott stable, was at the head of the winged peloton. “Roman is riding in a fabulous form.We can think of victory, “said team-mate Jack Haig before starting.
The first attacks of big favorites came on the Cote de la Roche-Aux-Faucons. Gilbert, Henao tried it, but when Bob Jungels ran the first group.
Then, in Timekeeping mode, he performed a wonderful solitude.Before the last hill, Cote de Saint-Nicolas had a good 50 (!) Seconds to a twenty-member group of favorites who missed Michael Matthews or Vincenzo Nibali and Dan Martin was 8 kilometers ahead of the defeat due to the defect.
At the final climb, Jungles was Jelle Vanendert, and other jail attacks were guarded by Jungels’ colleague, Alaphilippe, who fled his teammate on Belgian roads.
That’s why Jungels had a kilometer ahead of the target to the good more than half a minute.And he was rich enough for him.
After six and a half hours in the saddle, he wrote down his collection, which also includes two white Gira d’Italia jerseys, the greatest pride of his career. > “I did not believe it until the end of my goal,” he said. “I felt very good all day long, but when Julian won the Walloon arrow on Wednesday, it was clear he would be the leader. Still, I wanted to try it, and when nobody went to me, I went on.Fortunately, it came out, “the Luxembourger rejoiced shortly after Alaphilippe himself embraced him.
Andy Schleck and Marcel Ernzer became the third Luxembourg to win the oldest classic. p> In the second place behind him was Michael Woods in front of Romain Bardet.
Roman Kreuziger arrived at the target in siege of other favorites in eighth place. Second place on Amstel and fourth on the Walloon Arrow, he completed a great collection. In all of the Ardennes classics, he has reached the top eight.
“In the last ten kilometers, I have watched mainly Valverde and Alaphilippa. But we started to leave other people, which may have been the mistake of not having been with Vaneder or someone else.After the race, these things are said to be simple, “Kreuziger said. “It’s a disappointment in the result, but the condition is good. ”
cyclists shortly after 10am to the 4th Cycle of the Monument of the Season.
A total of 268 kilometers and a total of 4,500 meters were expected.
The oldest of the five Monuments traditionally took place in the Walloon region of Belgium. There were also 11 categorized and tens of other uncategorized climbs on the route, which are all the same.
The most iconic Cote de la Redoute hill was 36 kilometers ahead of the finish.Then came the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons and the last climb before that target was traditionally Cote de Saint-Nicolas with an average of 8.6 percent.
It was only five kilometers from the finish line. Ten kilometers from the start, nine cyclists, including Loic Vliegen (BMC), Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue Sport), and Anthony Perez (Cofidis), have gone ahead.
During the day, they created a six-minute lead, the more UAE-driven peloton and the Quick-Step team did not allow them.
By the high speed of the escape during the afternoon,In the end, only four Christian, Perez, Ourselin and Bagnies remained at the helm, who for a minute and a half went to the Redoute climb.
While the Wout Poels champion, Jerome Baugnies. But he could not resist the acceleration of the peloton, which had absorbed him 23 kilometers before the target.
Shortly afterwards, Bob Jungels was somewhat unobtrusive but decisive. The attack the Lucemburan has reached the target.