Lotto Soudal Put Fleche Wallonne Spat Behind Them Before Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal)

Lotto Soudal have put on a determinedly united front for Liège-Bastogne-Liège after a mini-spat after La Flèche Wallonne between Tim Wellens and Jelle Vanendert. According to La Dernière Heure , Vanendert was sharply criticised by Wellens for failing to work for him, and breaking a pre-race agreement on tactics. On the day, Vanendert finished third on the Mur de Huy, while Wellens took seventh. Lotto Soudal are one of the strongest teams collectively in the hilly Classics this year, and even prior to their Flèche Wallone results, the Belgian squad had won Brabantse Pijl and taken sixth in Amstel with Wellens, as well as tenth in Amstel with Vanendert. But their failure to establish a clear hierarchy on the Mur de Huy did not go unnoticed by their rivals: Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors), who took Lotto’s last big Classic win at Liege in 2011, said, somewhat drily, on Friday, ...

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