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Fléche Wallonne. Jakob Fuglsang finishing top 20, Tanel Kangert strong in breakaway

An unexpected breakaway of six riders, including Tanel Kangert, almost made it to the finish. But at the end it all came down to the final climb of Mur de Huy, with Julian Alaphillipe finishing first. Jakob Fuglsang was the first rider of Astana Pro Team to cross the finish line in a 16th place.

 In the first part of the race when we were chasing the breakaway, I didn’t feel very good because it was already some time ago that I raced. But after 100 kilometer my legs start to feel better and I was feeling good enough to follow the attacks and all of a sudden I was in the leading group. I felt really good but the group didn’t worked well together, so at the end we didn’t made a chance. But I’m happy with my performance today and it gives motivation for the races to come, - told Tanel Kangert.

In a warm and sunny Seraing the peloton started easy, with an early breakaway that gained a maximum five minute gap on the peloton. The first 100 kilometer were controlled by the teams with the day’s favorites, but at 50 kilometers before the finish the race exploded with a lot of attacks.

In one of the attacks, Tanel Kangert was involved. After some kilometers of hard racing he made it into a leading group of six riders, creating a gap of a maximum of 44 seconds on the chasing reduced peloton. For some time the breakaway had a chance to stay clear until the finish, but when multiple teams started to work in front of the peloton, the breakaway was done at the start of the final climb: Mur de Huy.

In a spectacular uphill finish the climbers of the peloton showed themselves, with Julian Alaphillipe being the strongest of the day. He finished just in front of Alejandro Valverde and Jelle Vanendert. Jakob Fuglsang finished 16th, Tanel Kangert eventually finished 40thafter his strong performance.

The start of the race was easier than expected, with the expected teams controlling the race right from the start. But when Tanel Kangert took off in the breakaway we hoped that he could make it to the finish with that group, because we knew this would be the only way we could race for a victory. At the end it was a pity that he didn’t made it and I did my best on the final climb. After all it was a good day and I was feeling good, so now I’m really looking forward to Sunday when we race Liége-Bastogne-Liége, a classic race that suits me better than the past two Ardennes classics, - told Jakob Fuglsang.

 

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