- We tried our best today, but the team with the most riders in the final are the one that are winning the races. Today Gilbert and Jungels did a good job. I tried to do my best, but it was not enough today. I knew it was hard to get Bob Jungels back, but nothing happened in our group to close the gap. For the final sprint I was in the right wheel and I gave it all, but at the end it was not enough for the podium today, - toldJakob Fuglsang.
La Doyenne, the nickname for today’s monument, Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The riders faced multiple hard challenges during the day, with some hard climbs in the final of the race. Roght from the start the day’s breakaway was created, but they were controlled by the peloton. They never gained more advantage than +/- 5 minutes, and in the race’s final all the favorites started to move to the front for the decisive climbs.
At La Redoute, the pace was high but no attacks were made. But at the next climb, La Roche-aux-Faucons, when everything was back together, the attacks started with Phillipe Gilbert. Jakob Fuglsang and Davide Villela were in the front group that caught Gilbert, but at that moment Bob Jungels took off and the group let him go. The next time they would see him again, was after the finish, as he finished off an impressive solo. In the chasing group Davide Villela did all he could to close the gap, but it was too late as the gap was already created by Jungels.
In the chasing group, Jakob Fuglsang ended up in the group sprint for the second and third place, he finished 10thafter a hard day of racing.
- Jakob Fuglsang and the team worked hard today for a good result, but Bob Jungels was too strong today and his team played it out well. At the end Jakob didn’t had the legs in the final, but top 10 is still not bad in a race like this, - told sport director Dmitriy Fofonov.
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