Nibali lights up the Flèche Wallone
Huy, 18th April 2018 – Today Vincenzo Nibali was the author of a great attack inside the final hour of racing: “It’s as if I had done a full gas 50km time time trial”, he explains.
“We wanted to make the race as difficult as possible – comments the Italian champion – and possibly play Gasparotto’s “card” climbing the Mur of Huy for the last time. For this reason, with 50km to go I decided to start first with a small group of fifteen units that were then reduced to six “.
“We quickly got along very well. We were going with a very high pace and so the gap grew quickly until we reached almost a minute. Then from behind the peloton began to recover ground and the advantage fell progressively. Before the last climb, Tanel Kangert and I got up. It was a very fast race and the average was very high with stage numbers of the Tour de France “.
Enrico Gasparotto remained covered in the bunch for quite all the race but in the finale he paid a little bit the last Sunday effort at the Amstel: “Suddenly I missed my legs – says the Italian rider – and when I was with only 500 meters to the finish line I did not manage to stay with the best riders. I suffered from the tiredness and a bit of cold, not to mention that it was a harder Fléche than usual with about 3100 meters difference in level”.
The Ardennes triptych closes next Sunday with the famous Liège-Bastogne-Liège, one of the oldest competitions on the international calendar.
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