I think there were just less guys of good quality wanting to try.The 2018 and 2019 editions were both quite good with interesting late attacks. This edition sucked. Maybe because too many teams had riders thinking they could win from a bunch sprint?
It's probably better for the race if Alaphilippe is the only conceivable winner beforehand. But then the sprint itself would of course be less interesting.
Still think about that Gilbert time. He stoped from what? 100m to go?View: https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1384879998184706048
Ala was insanely strong today, best form this year. Roglic was strong as well, he would've won if peak Ala wouldn't been there.
She knew she wasn't going to win in a sprint against van der Breggen or Vollering, so trying to get away or tiring the opponents was her only option. She probably would have finished on the podium if she had been less agressive though.Just watched the women's race. I liked the men's race but the women's was terrific. Attacks by most of the favorites well before the Mur and several splits in the bunch unlike in the men's race. Not sure what AVV was thinking going so hard for so long before the finale. That had to have taken something out of her legs for the Mur.
For as much as Gilbert was an Ardennes guy, he was in the running for winning LBL and Fleche only twiceThe ultimate outlier season. Not to take away from the overall impressiveness of his career, but still ... I loved how a few days later he enjoyed having a coffee-ride chat with Andy and Frank before leaving them to take LBL
Yes, I just saw a short interview with Roglic on today's race/outcome. Basically, no regrets or second-guessing himself. He said Julien was just stronger today and deserved the win. -- Was basically happy with how he performed; wanted to win, but the stronger guy got the win.Quotation from Niewiadoma. I would expect a similar one from Roglic.
"I have no regrets with how I raced the Mur," Niewiadoma said on a team Twitter post after the race. "Our team did great and I was feeling confident to finish it off. I truly believed I could follow her [Van der Breggen's] last attack but then I just couldn’t. Anna’s achievement is impressive. I have to be satisfied with second, and a podium."
Yes, on reflection, and after reading plenty other posts and re-watching the finale, I don't think it would have made a difference if Roglic waited another 100 meters to take off. It was going to be Alaphilippe (today).
Congratulations to Julian Alaphilippe for taking the win.
Mur de Huy didn't disappoint. Roglič pretty much did what i expected him to do and the performance was on another level. It's just that today Alaphilippe was better. The way Alaphilippe bridged that gap. Today he had Mur de Huy under control and he deserved to win.
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