News | Flèche Wallonne • April 24, 2019
Diego Ulissi shines in the Flèche Wallonne – podium finish
The Tuscan cyclist third on top of the Mur de Huy
Diego Ulissi showed excellent condition and an aggressive attitude in La Flèche Wallonne today to finish third. Just a few days before the Ardennes Classics closes with Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Italian finished on the podium behind winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Jakob Fuglsang (Team Astana).
The race was full-out from the very beginning and left only 30 riders to play for victory on the last time up the Mur de Huy.
“Today I was very good,” said Ulissi, “I moved on the last lap as planned, but then I saw that behind, they didn’t let us go free. When they brought me back, as our leader Daniel Martin was no longer in the game, I tried to save as much energy as possible and take on the last climb the best I could.
“I must say that I made a great final climb, very consistent. I was also a little surprised because the last 200 metres have always been a bit impossible for me, but not this time. We also moved very well as a team, first with Henao in the breakaway of the first lap, and then with Rui Costa, who tried to help me in the final.
“On Sunday, we have Liège-Bastogne-Liège, one of my favourite races. I head there with a good physical condition. We must continue like this!”
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 4:55:14
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team s.t.
3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates +6’’