A good Izaguirre on the Mur de Huy
A very controlled race decided only at the last climb of the Mur de Huy. It can be summed up like this the 81st edition of the Flèche Wallonne, 204 km from Binche to Huy. “The selection began – says Grega Bole – only on the last two climbs. And on top of the Mur we saw who had the freshest legs. “
Again Ion Izaguirre, with his 12th place, was the Team Bahrain Merida’s best rider. “In the last kilometers – says the Spaniard – I have always kept the top positions of the group. It was not a finish adapted to my characteristics, but I have had good feedback and I’m ready for Liege, next Sunday. “
On Huy finish line arrived solo his compatriot Alejandro Valverde, at his fourth consecutive victory and fifth in his career, who preceded the Irishman Daniel Martin and the Belgian Dylan Teuns.
Sport director Phillppe Maduit not hide his satisfaction: “We have good reason to feel good about. Ion has confirmed to be a great fighter and always be in the thick of the race, the whole team has worked well and, above all, Enrico Gasparotto rode for about 150 km and that only two days ago seemed impossible. “
The Italian athlete, who crashed on Sunday in the Amstel Gold Race finale, is catching up fast and, as pointed out by the director, “we still have four days to recover 100% and so to have a very important man in that kind of race. I am very optimistic. “