Cadel Evans of BMC won the Fleche Wallone, beating Joaquin Rodriguez of Katusha and Alberto Contador of Astana.
Evans sped past Contador and Rodriguez in the last 100 meters of the one-day classic. “”I’ve finished second here (in2008). I’ve finished fourth (in 2009) and I think ninth (in 2005). So it feels great to win here, especially wearing the rainbow stripes of world champion.”
With tactical precision, Evans limited his losses on areas where there are steep climbs and forged ahead when the road leveled out. This allowed him to gain momentum among the rest and this brought him first to the finish line. Contador, on the other hand, accelerated too early and continued to maintain his strides but was overtaken by Rodriguez at the 1.3 km climb.
Contador comments on his performance, “I’m happy with my result. It’s frustrating to be so close and not win, but I am not a Classics specialist and these races require experience. So I am happy with what I achieved.”
Evans shares his thoughts on the race, “I think he (Contador) went a bit early, but this year I waited. It proved to be a good tactic.”
Evans and Contador will be joining Philippe Gilbert, Andy and Frank Schleck, Damiano Cunego, Ryder Hesjedal, Alejandro Valverde and Luis-Leon Sanchez at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic on Sunday.