Why does nobody attack?” said Andy Schleck. “Why does everyone ride for second place, eh? Because, if you don’t attack and [Joaquim] Rodriguez gets to the bottom of the Mur in the front group that’s what you will be racing for, second place.
La Flèche Wallonne was raced yesterday, so I took the train to the city of Huy in East Belgium. The weather has been really good and non-belgian in all of this years races that I have witnessed and yesterday was no exception. +20C and sunshine made the climbing of the Mur de Huy excruciating, especially when they had to do it three times. The Finnish flag and Jussi Veikkanen in the second to last photo.
Radioshack Nissan Trek team rider Frank Schleck of Luxembourg reacts as he crosses the finishing line of the Fleche Wallonne Classic cycling race in Huy April 18, 2012. Schleck finished 20th. (via Photo from Reuters Pictures)
La Fleche Wallonne is happening tomorrow! I’m pretty excited, we get live coverage here in SA (don’t hate) and I’d dig to see Andy take the win, I mean he did finish second to a CERA rider two years ago, so it’d be nice to get his own back.
It’s also one of the only Classics that Contador attends, so he’ll most likely lighten up the race as he did last year when he almost won. Unfortunately I don’t think Cadel Evans will do the double since he was out of training for 5 days after crashing and injuring his knee.
Others to look out for are : Aleksandre Kolobnev, Sammy Sanchez and maybe even Phillippe Gilbert, although I think he’s a little on the heavy side for a finale like this one.