TBE misused Chaves in the race - He could have been there at the end if used more prudently.Fuming from what? He should have done more work himself if he wanted a sprint finale. Chaves killed himself for him and I did not see him at all at the front. So no, if he is mad he should be mad at himself! other than that good result for his work.
Was it this beer, you had?One freaking beer i had and i ended up watching what it looked like a Paris-Nice replay, Roglič on the side of the road. Finally, when i managed to tune in. There where van Aert and Pidcock sprinting.
After that it went all fuzzy.
He looked cooked. He struggled to make it across to the first attack. Trouble with Matthews in these races is that there is always a couple of riders with better legs on the day. He has racked up quite a few podiums and top fives in the classics but the win seems to be as elusive as ever.Matthews was asleep at the wheel - he had to go with the leading three - A big failure on his behalf.
Tbh Gilbert has a combined 2 wins in Fleche and Liege, both in his miracle year and after his miracle year he hasn't gotten close in either. I think Gilber falls squarely in AGR as the center of his power.Yea, you'd say that realistically rather than being part of Ardennes Week, it really belongs as a pair with Brabantse Pijl and then Flèche and La Doyenne are the Ardennes proper.
At the same time, we should be wary of extrapolating too much from this year's edition because of the route changes - while they went up the three obstacles of the race several times, it was significantly shorter than normal editions and also skipped a lot of the climbs that could be more preferable to the Ardennes specialists, like Keutenberg and Eyserbosweg, in favour of a circuit including some less selective ones (the love affair with the Bemelerberg must end, it adds nothing other than a number to the amount of climbs in the race, and is no more worthwhile than literally a bit further on flat roads). Also Gilbert winning cobbled classics is more of a late career development, he's always been competitive in them but the hilly classics have always been his bread and butter.
After posting that, I saw some on Twitter saying it was actually 4/10.000 which would be 6mm. Confusing, just like most of the finish data we got Kittel/Haagen was something like 3/10.000 so even closer than that anyway.Well that should be ~6cm or more so strange it took them ages to figure that out.