Jungels’ Attack Dethrones Valverde

What was going to stop Quickstep this spring? Whatever could do so wasn’t to be seen on the roads of Wallonia today, as Bob Jungels defied recent history to take a solo win in Ans. Before his attack, on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons with nineteen kilometres to go, the race had been going much to the script we have come to expect for La Doyenne, in which the non-threatening break (in this case, composing Mark Christian and Casper Pedersen of Aqua Blue, Jerome Baugnies of Wanty, Paul Ourselin of Direct Energie, Mathias van Gompel of Sport-Vlaanderen, Fortuneo’s Florian Vachon, Loic Vliegen representing BMC, Anthony Perez of Cofidis and Antoine Warnier of Veranclassic) got a reasonable gap before splitting up and being inevitably pulled back, mainly thanks to the concerted effort of Quickstep and UAE Emirates. Baugnies it was who proved the strongest, but even he never looked capable of ...

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