Fuglsang conquers his first monument and Landa is 7th

The Dane was exhibited with a distant attack on La Roche aux Faucons. Formolo, 2nd, and Schachmann, 3rd. Landa was in the lead and Valverde retired.


Third in the Amstel, second in the Walloon Arrow and winner in Liege. Without getting off the podium in any of the Ardennes classics, Jakob Fuglsang conquered his first monument with an unquestionable power exercise. Astana controlled the race for their leader and increased the pace at La Roche aux Faucons ... where it was expected, and there was, the attack of Danish. Davide Formolo and Michael Woods jumped to his wheel at first, until they burst. Fuglsang, 34 years old and collector of cassis (Olympic runner-up and eternal aspirant to the drawer in the big), reached the greatest triumph of his career (and third of 2019). Formolo finished second and Max Schachmann, third.

Alejandro Valverde retired 105 kilometers from the finish line. As announced by Movistar, suffering from various physical problems throughout the Ardennes week, traditionally its favorite hunting ground: it has five Arrows and four Liege, to a single victory of the record of Eddy Merckx. In his season as world champion, the Murcian has offered a gray performance to date, has only achieved a victory (a partial in the UAE Tour) and begins to believe in the curse of the rainbow. Also they begin to weigh the 39 years that he fulfilled on Thursday, when he fell in a training and the sacrum was damaged: "I took the exit without improvement" .

In the absence of Valverde, Mikel Landa assumed the responsibility of the telephone equipment. Although he failed to respond to Fuglsang's upset, the Alavés finished seventh, always attentive in the lead in the decisive phase. Good news for the Giro d'Italia, which starts next May 11 in Bologna: never before had it finished inside the top-ten in the Ardennes. Landa offered flashes in Coppi and Bartali (a stage and fourth of the general) and Basque Country (seventh), and it seems that the fracture of clavicle with which he debuted this course is forgotten and that his shooting for the Giro marches on the right track .



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