Road race world champion Cadel Evans: (BMC Racing Team), ran best in the final of the La Flèche Wallonne after he pinched a trio of Spaniards to victory.Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha) followed world champion across the Hill, that was enough to secure second place. Alberto Contador (Astana) was third and Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) had to settle for being just off the podium in fourth.
World Champion, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), ran best in the final of the La Flèche Wallonne after he pinched a trio of Spaniards to victory. Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha) followed world champion across the Hill, that was enough to secure second place. Alberto Contador (Astana) was third and Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) had to settle for being just off the podium in fourth.
Igor Anton and Alberto Contador förivrade itself in Mur de Huy and fizzled out at the end which Cadel Evans was not late to exploit.
“It feels good to finally win the La Flèche Wallonne. I have previously been second, fifth and ninth. But it was required that I drove the course earlier in the week and it was only then that I realized how I could take on the Mur de Huy, said a very happy Cadel Evans.
“I was good in the beginning of the Hill and then I took them with 100 meters left, explains the world champion his winning tactics.
Andy Schleck began the offensive
Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) was, as in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, very hot. When the field went into the Mur de Huy for the second to last time he pressed on the gas and it resulted in his brother Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) could go off perched on top of the Mur de Huy, together with Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo), David Loosli (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and Bram Tankink (Rabobank).
In the newly formed Quartet was especially Fränk Schleck and Roman Kreuziger who stood for cruise control and behind in the peloton sent Alberto Contador (Astana) off their remaining domestique to catch breakaway.
Astana had to work hard to pick in seconds on the tight group. As most had sealed the group a lead of half a minute. In the last climb before the final of the Wall the Huy started Team Katusha their offensive with attacks from Sergei Ivanov and Alexander He. The latter attack was the most force. He sailed away and got Igor Anton and Benoït Vaugrenard (Française Des Jeux). Together they joined to the lead which soon afterwards became gathered by the peloton.
Alexander He was the last to succumb, he gave everything but were gathered by the peloton with just over mile left of the contest.
The stars ran somewhat cautious
The dreaded Mur de Huy did to the great stars ran somewhat cautious in the beginning. It did not Andreas Klöden (Team Radioshack) gassed. The German was however quickly gathered as soon as Igor Anton, with Alberto Contador at the wheel, took off on the slopes.
The Spanish duo looked to be the strongest, and that the victory would stand between them saw given out. Until after the steepest part of the climb, for it was then world champion presented itself.
Cadel Evans came from behind, sneaked up and passed the Spanish duo with a couple of hundred meters left of the race. He won the La Flèche Wallonne in style.
La Flèche Wallonne:
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 4:39:24
2. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
4 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto, 0:11
7 Chris Horner (United States) Team Radioshack
8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions
11 Michael Albasini (Sch) HTC-Columbia
Bert De Waele 12 (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
14 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
16 Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-Farnese Vini
17 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
18 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Transitions
19 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
23 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:27