La Flèche Wallonne - Race Overview

Swiss strong man Michael Albasini continued his record of top results for ORICA-GreenEDGE at Flèche-Wallonne today, finishing in seventh place after an epic battle unfolded over the final kilometres on the Mur de Huy.

The former Tour of Britain winner rode an excellent race surrounded by his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates until the finale before breaking clear in a chasing group behind two leaders with under ten kilometres to go.

The race came back together for the climb up to the finish in Huy, Albasini used all of his strength and experience to hold onto position as the final selection was made. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took the win from the sprint up the Mur as Albasini just lost contact in the final metres.

Sport director Matt White was full of praise for the team and in particular for the consistency of Albasini.

“The team did a wonderful job of looking after Michael (Albasini) today,” said White. “We kept him in a good position throughout the race until he went for it in the finale.”

Read the full report here.

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team 4:43:57
2 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
3 Daniel Martin (IRL) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
4 Wouter Poels (NED) - Team Sky 0:00:04
5 Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:05
6 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:05
7 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:05
8 Diego Ulissi (ITA) - Lampre - Merida 0:00:05
9 Warren Barguil (FRA) - Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:05
10 Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre - Merida 0:00:05
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
7 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:05
21 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:23
78 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:30
79 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:30
117 Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:29
144 Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:08:10