Top 10 for Sergio at Liege

22 Apr 2018

Top 10 for Sergio at Liege

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Sergio Henao rounded off the Ardennes Classics with a top 10 finish at Liege-Bastogne-Liege as Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) sealed an impressive solo victory.

Henao had animated the race with 20 kilometres remaining on the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons when he countered a move from Jungels’ teammate Philippe Gilbert and attacked a select leading group, only to be pegged back by Jungels before the Luxembourg national champion attacked again.

This time none of the main contenders were able to follow his lead, which resulted in the Quick-Step rider extending his advantage to close to a minute as the kilometres passed and none of the other contenders were able to catch him. 

A solo effort from Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Soudal) to bridge to Jungels looked promising, with the Belgian looking most likely to snatch victory late on, until the Henao chase group caught him with two kilometres remaining. 

However, it was too late and they were left battling for the minor placings as Michael Woods (Team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) jumped clear in the final kilometre to fill the podium, with Henao finishing ninth. 
Sergio Henao

Sergio Henao

The aim was for a podium or a victory, but one good thing I can take away is that I am in good condition, which bodes well for the Giro.
Henao praised his teammates for positioning him well at a crucial part of the race, and drew positives from his performance despite not achieving his goal. 

He said; “It was a really fast race and it was really important that the team were all at the front heading into the final 50 kilometres. 

"We were able to achieve that which was good, and then moving towards the end it was important to follow moves. You can’t follow everything, but I was able to make the split.
 
“The aim was for a podium or a victory, but one good thing I can take away is that I am in good condition, which bodes well for the Giro. This next week will be all about recovery and mentally everything turns towards the Giro now.”
Sergio attacked on the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons, but was pegged back

Sergio attacked on the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons, but was pegged back

Sport Director Gabriel Rasch reflected on the race and conceded that the lack of support for Henao in the final kilometres proved costly.

Her told TeamSky.com: “Into Roche-aux-Faucons we had three guys, G, Sergio and Kwiato and Kwiato was maybe lacking just a bit of pace to follow that group.

"After that it was for Sergio to try and follow the best guys and there wasn't much we could do about Bob Jungels as Sergio had no teammates - Sergio just had to focus on the sprint. 

“It looked like people were getting dropped all day, the group got smaller and smaller. Tao [Geoghegan Hart] and Lukasz [Wisniowkski) did a fantastic job for the first 180km, they did everything asked of them and while Kiryienka got a bit stuck behind a crash, he was also really good today.

"Finally, I think Wout is definitely coming back to full fitness and he is ready for the Giro."
Liege-Bastogne-Liege result

1. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2. Michael Woods (Team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale)
3. Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale)
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida)
9. Sergio Henao (Team Sky)