Yep, but as far as I remember, he could not bridge at Keutenberg but Kwiat did. Seems to me that he wasn't sharp enough after Itzulia, and that Amstel fine tuned his form for Fleche and Liege. Something that I hope will happened this year also..Maybe 2017 too. His form was insane that spring but he was caught napping when the winning group got away.
He isn't a guy with best roleur skills, plus he was a little cooked because of that bridging after Cauberg (which was impressive by the way..). I guess he needed little time to recover, but those guys wait for no one.Shockingly impressive sprint where he tried to play Van der Poel, opening 300 metres out and almost finishing fourth anyway. Where has this guy been the past year and a half?
Such a pity that he didn't just go with the winning move, he was right there for it.
I think the combination of Jorgenson, Mas and Verona will be there for him. Verona has some good form, Mas' is better than it has been and hopefully Jorgenson is back to where he was at Paris-Nice. Jorgenson has said he really was hoping to race the Ardennes with Valverde because he wants to learn so and understand what needs to do to be good in those races. Hopefully he has some good form.His team was awful at Amstel, except Verona. Especially Garcia Cortina was disappointing, Serrano too... They were nowhere, in the last 50-60 km Bala was left with Verona only to cover all moves, and there were plenty of it. That's why he was so badly positioned last time they went over Cauberg, Verona was dead and he had no one to guide him. Alaphilippe for example had 3 or 4 men, Ineos had even more.
For Fleche and Liege he needs stronger team, he needs Mas and Oliveira beside Verona.
Edit: I saw that they announced the team, no Oliveira but Jorgenson is there. He needs someone to control things on penultimate climb, and someone to land him in a good position at the foot of the Mur, I think Mas and Verona could do the job.
Its not a matter of seconds, its a matter of energy you spend. At 1km to go he was the last of the group, he had to spend a lot of energy to come to the front. Energy that he didnt have to respond Alaphilipes attack.6s is a pretty big difference.
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