4.17.2013

Fleche Wallonne: short report and full results

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I don't try to report all the attacks and conterattacks that dotted today race. La Fleche is a short, hard race with one of the steepest finish in cycling so it's normally raced in avery aggresive way. Yesterday I told you about Huy, but have a loo here (source Cyclingnews live commentary) and see how many hills the peloton had to climb today.
Km 76.5 - Côte de Naninne - 2.6 km climb to 3.7 %
Km 90.0 - Côte de Groynne - 2.0 km climb to 3.5 %
Km 108.5 - Mur de Huy - 1.3 km climb to 9.3 %
Km 127.5 - Côte d'Ereffe - 2.1 km climb to 5.9 %
Km 146.0 - Côte de Peu d'Eau - 2.7 km climb to 3.9 %
Km 151.0 - Côte de Bellaire - 1.0 km climb to 6.8 %
Km 158.5 - Côte de Bohisseau - 1.3 km climb to 7.6 %
Km 161.5 - Côte de Bousalle - 1.7 km climb to 4.9 %
Km 173.5 - Mur de Huy - 1.3 km climb to 9.3 %
Km 190.0 - Côte d'Amay - 1.5 km climb to 6.7 %
Km 196.5 - Côte de Villers-le-Bouillet - 1.2 km climb to 7.5 %
Km 205.0 - Mur de Huy - 1.3 km climb to 9.3 %

You feel them in your legs at the end and unfortunately the end is a true 'wall'.
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After several attacks and about 25 Km two riders -Devilliers and Lang - managed to break-away. Van Goolen joined. The break was on. They quickly gained till 10'. Then, on the Côte de Bellaire, RSLT opened the dances. Two riders attacked and selected a small group. It didn't work but RSLT's riders kept attacking and were very active at the front. The situation was very fluid and - caught the break - Ten Dam and Bardet excaped together but the peloton never allowed more than 20''. The serious move was by the young Colombian rider Betancur (AG2R) on the last ascent to Huy. After him Gilbert, Sagan, Henao, Moreno, Martin, Mollema...
Moreno joined and passed Betancur in that unreal sprint uphill so typical in La Fleche Wallone. The young rider looked a little surprised and also Henao outsprinted him. Just on the line he was side by side with Dan Martin but he was 3rd at the photofinish. I'm glad because he had been the bravest if not the strongest. He will win in Huy in few years, no doubt. Gilbert and moreover Sagan got dropped in the last meters. Maybe Sagan still has got something to learn... but there is all the time.
Andy Schleck finished 86 at 4'35''. He was looking good, pedaling in the middle of the peloton, sometimes apearing in front.  He didn't try to break-away and didn't work to chase. He didn't got dropped on the last climb but slightly earlier, 8 km to go. He was in a group of 5 riders, they eventually reached the back of the peloton but only when the gruppetto was forming and he remained there, smiling and chattering.
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Now: I'm very happy he didn't crash and finished the race. I'm also glad he had fun. But I'm disappointed he didn't try to finish in the main group. Not in the front group - there was Gallopin: 16th - but with the large group at 1' or 2'. In my opinion it was important. It wasn't about the race but about dignity. When you are exhausted and far behinde I understand you let it go but that wasn't the case today. Was he saving his legs for Sunday? I don't think he's going to fight for a top 5 results so it was better to show something here. 
Finally, I see there is no press conference - because there is nothing to tell, I agree. So I stay at home. Quite angry at the moment. Have I got the right to get angry? ah no, I lost it a few years ago. I'm just angry with myself.

RESULTS
Source  http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1167911-La-Fl%C3%A8che-Wallonne-2013-Overview



1 MORENO FERNANDéZ Daniel Katusha Team80225 4:52:33
2 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis Sky Procycling60150 0:03
3 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto AG2R La Mondiale50110 ,,
4 MARTIN Daniel Garmin - Sharp4090 ,,
5 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma - Quick-Step3080 ,,
6 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team2270 0:08
7 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team1460 ,,
8 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel - Euskadi1050 ,,
9 MOLLEMA Bauke Blanco Pro Cycling Team646 ,,
10 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R La Mondiale242 ,,
11 CARUSO Giampaolo Katusha Team
38 ,,
12 SAGAN Peter Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
34 ,,
13 ULISSI Diego Lampre - Merida
30 0:13
14 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Blanco Pro Cycling Team
26 ,,
15 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team
22 0:15
16 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack - Leopard
20 0:17
17 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff
18 ,,
18 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste FDJ
17 0:21
19 HESJEDAL Ryder Garmin - Sharp
16 0:23
20 MARTENS Paul Blanco Pro Cycling Team
15 ,,
21 ALBASINI Michael Orica GreenEDGE
14 ,,
22 URAN Rigoberto Sky Procycling
13 ,,
23 HERMANS Ben RadioShack - Leopard
12 ,,
24 WYSS Marcel IAM Cycling
11 ,,
25 SERRY Pieter Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
10 0:30
26 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack - Leopard
9 ,,
27 PREIDLER Georg Team Argos - Shimano
8 0:32
28 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre - Merida
7 ,,
29 DENIFL Stefan IAM Cycling
6 0:35
30 GASPAROTTO Enrico Astana Pro Team
5 ,,
31 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team
5 0:38
32 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto Movistar Team
5 ,,
33 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 0:40
34 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
35 CHALAPUD GOMEZ Robinson Eduardo Team Colombia
5 ,,
36 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team
5 0:43
37 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
38 SORENSEN Chris Anker Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 0:49
39 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Belisol Team
5 0:51
40 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
41 RUJANO GUILLEN José Humberto Vacansoleil - DCM
5 0:53
42 MARCATO Marco Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
43 EDMONDSON Joshua Sky Procycling
5 ,,
44 AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA Andrey Movistar Team
5 ,,
45 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 0:59
46 REICHENBACH Sebastien IAM Cycling
5 1:01
47 VANTOMME Maxime Crelan-Euphony
5 ,,
48 MORI Manuele Lampre - Merida
5 ,,
49 OSPINA NAVARRO Dalivier Team Colombia
5 1:03
50 VISCONTI Giovanni Movistar Team
5 1:05
51 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack - Leopard
5 1:12
52 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack - Leopard
5 1:14
53 VORGANOV Eduard Katusha Team
5 ,,
54 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team
5 1:21
55 WEGMANN Fabian Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
56 JEANDESBOZ Fabrice Sojasun
5 1:23
57 LUTSENKO Aleksey Astana Pro Team
5 1:26
58 GADRET John AG2R La Mondiale
5 ,,
59 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team
5 1:33
60 SULZBERGER Wesley Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
61 PINEAU Jérome Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 1:36
62 CHEREL Mikael AG2R La Mondiale
5 1:39
63 DELAPLACE Anthony Sojasun
5 ,,
64 VAUGRENARD Benoit Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 1:43
65 PICHON Laurent Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 1:49
66 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 1:51
67 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
68 PONZI Simone Astana Pro Team
5 2:07
69 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team
5 ,,
70 MEYER Travis Orica GreenEDGE
5 2:10
71 KROON Karsten Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 2:15
72 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team
5 2:16
73 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
74 GESCHKE Simon Team Argos - Shimano
5 2:23
75 KREDER Michel Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
76 WEENING Pieter Orica GreenEDGE
5 2:36
77 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team
5 2:39
78 VICIOSO ARCOS Ángel Katusha Team
5 ,,
79 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 2:41
80 GOLAS Michal Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
81 TANNER David Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 2:43
82 CARUSO Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 3:23
83 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 3:26
84 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 3:40
85 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team
5 4:02
86 SCHLECK Andy RadioShack - Leopard
5 4:35
87 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil - DCM
5 4:52
88 TANKINK Bram Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 4:55
89 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 4:59
90 MEIER Christian Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
91 VERONA QUINTANILLA Carlos Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
92 ASTARLOZA Mikel Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
93 BILLE Gaetan Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
94 VERMOTE Julien Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
95 PAUWELS Serge Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
96 KOLOBNEV Alexandr Katusha Team
5 ,,
97 TROFIMOV Yuri Katusha Team
5 ,,
98 LEMOINE Cyril Sojasun
5 ,,
99 SUTHERLAND Rory Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
100 NORDHAUG Lars Petter Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
101 ZAUGG Oliver Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was at working this afternoon and could not watch the race from beginning to end. I watched the last 35 km and agree that until then Andy was looking very good. What happened after, left me rather disappointed. What I saw was a half hearted attack or effort from him and being dropped about 8km from the finish. Then I saw pictures of Andy soft pedalling with another rider, smiling and chatting. It was nice to see him serene but hey, this was not a sunday morning ride. It was still a race and after so many troubles, injuries and DNF, I expected to see more commitment and more respect towards those Andy loyal fans.

Yes today I am angry because I made an effort to watch the last kms of the race and what I saw was very disappointing. I am not talking about winning. I simply expected to see a commitment and respect towards a race and fans. H

Anonymous said...

There was a small meeting with the press earlier today.