After getting his personal best strength within five minutes, Hugo Hull (Astana) in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege match in Belgium ended the Belgian game with 47th place.
When he had raised his arms to celebrate, the Frenchman Julian Arafilipe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) was surprised, and the Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the right stole the victory from him.
The new world champion Alaphilippe was demoted to fifth place after hurting Swiss player Sunweb in a sprint. As a result, Hirschi came in second and Tadej Pogacar (Emirates) completed the podium, followed by his compatriot Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-McLaren).
At the beginning of the 257-kilometer Belgian Classic, rain and cold made it difficult for cyclists. According to Houle, after pedaling against the wind in Bastogne, the competitor received a tailwind to the finish, which made the race “more tense.”
“It’s a bit difficult for us. A classic like this is still a very difficult and demanding day.
His Spanish teammate Gorka Izagirre (+43 seconds) was Astana’s best score in 17th place.
Also in action, Montreux (James Piccoli) of Israel’s Startup Country Group ranked 57th at 5:59.
On the women’s side, Karol-Ann Canuel failed to reach the time limit, but still finished the game. British Elizabeth Deignan (Elizabeth Deignan) is the fastest route to complete this 135-kilometer route, followed by Australia Grace Brown (+0:09) and Dutch woman Ellen Van Dijk (Ellen) Van Dijk) (+2:19)
Canuel’s teammate Amy Pieters at Boels Dolmans finished fifth.