Having finished second at Flèche Wallonne last year, ORICA-GreenEDGE had sights set on a repeat podium on Wednesday. The team’s strategy centered around Michael Albasini and Simon Clarke, who were to be protected until the base of the final ascent of the Mur de Huy. Although each of the team’s riders did his job well, ORICA-GreenEDGE left Huy without the desired result. Albasini was the team’s top finisher in 21st place, 23” behind race winner Daniel Moreno (Katusha).
“We all rode well as a team all day. We made sure our keys guys were looked after and well-positioned for the climb. On a finish like the Mur de Huy, you either have the legs or you don’t. Last year, Michael had the legs. This year, unfortunately, he didn’t – but as a team we all rode well, and I think we feel like we have a good shot on Sunday [for Liège-Bastogne-Liège].” - Travis Meyer