The Ardennes classics continued today as the peloton took on some mid-week racing at La Flèche Wallonne and its famous finish atop the steep Mur de Huy. It was a fast start to affairs as the riders left Blegny this morning, with lots of attacks before a breakaway eventually managed to form out front after 30 kilometres of action, with all Team DSM riders in the peloton; conserving energy for the climbs to come.
As the kilometres and climbs ticked by those ahead were slowly reeled in and the bunch slowly whittled down in size. Heading into the final local lap of 30 kilometres, the team did well to bring Søren Kragh Andersen into a good position, as the peloton climbed the Côte d’Ereffe and Côte de Cherave for the last time. It would be over the top of the latter climb that Kragh Andersen would make his move, putting in a powerful attack and a daring ascent to go clear of the bunch. Giving it everything to try and stay away, the peloton didn’t give Kragh Andersen too much leeway and despite his best efforts, he was caught inside the flamme rouge as the stinging slopes of the Mur de Huy began to bite; before pushing on all the way to the line.
|1||TEUNS Dylan||Bahrain - Victorious||4:42:12||400|
|2||VALVERDE Alejandro||Movistar Team||0:02||320|
|3||VLASOV Aleksandr||BORA - hansgrohe||,,||260|
|40||KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren||Team DSM||0:44||8|
|84||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||3:33||-|
|89||COMBAUD Romain||Team DSM||3:45||-|
|94||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||5:01||-|
|137||STORK Florian||Team DSM||16:50||-|
|1005||NIEUWENHUIS Joris||Team DSM||-04:42:12||-|
|1005||VERMAERKE Kevin||Team DSM||,,||-|