Van der Breggen: I hoped that the break would stick at Fleche Wallonne

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) claimed her fourth straight Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, but says she found this year's race harder than the previous editions. And ever the team player, the Dutchwoman was rooting for the four-woman breakaway with her teammate Megan Guarnier to go all the way. "The final was harder this year because we had to do the second-last climb twice. And that one is just as tough as the Mur, I think. The tactics started earlier this year. I tried the first attack, and it didn't stick, and then the second one with Megan did. That was a good situation for us, we didn't have to do anything in the back, and Megan tried to save energy in the front. I hoped that the break would stick." But the teams that had missed the break took to the front of the peloton to chase ...

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