Nibali helps light up Fleche Wallonne with '50km full gas'

Vincenzo Nibali and Tanel Kangert (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali won Milan-San Remo in thrilling style last month when he wasn't even Bahrain-Merida 's number one leader, and the same situation nearly came to pass on Wednesday at La Flèche Wallonne as the Italian helped prize open the usually predictable race. In recent years the mid-week Ardennes Classic has largely been a waiting game ahead of the final frantic dash up the Mur de Huy, but this year the action started on the first of three ascents, and soon after Nibali - aiming to make the race hard to set up teammate Enrico Gasparotto - found himself in a dangerous breakaway that survived all the way to the foot of the final climb. After being involved in a large group that went clear on the Côte d'Ereffe inside 50km to go, Nibali was then part of a smaller six-man group that formed on the subsequent Côte de Cherave. ...

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