Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Jakob Fuglsang: Alaphilippe said 'I hope you win today'
Apr 29 2019 02:16 am CET

Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Jakob Fuglsang: Alaphilippe said 'I hope you win today'
Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Jakob Fuglsang: Alaphilippe said 'I hope you win today'
Photo of Jakob Fuglsang by Astana Pro Team

Jakob Fuglsang has taken his first victory in a Monument in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and has extended Astana's outstanding season.

After standing on the other two steps of the podium in the latest races, Fuglsang finally could celebrate in the sprint season. The Danish rider attacked in the last climb of the day in a move that gave him a solo victory in the centre of Liege, the 23rd win for Astana in 2019 so far.

"It’s fantastic, I’m so happy," said the rider. "It’s the biggest one-day victory in my career, to finish this great week with this result is very special. The team positioned me perfect for the final climb, on the important moment they were there for me. They did an amazing job because for me the finish line was at the top of this climb, so I gave it all.

"At one moment I looked back and then I knew it was possible and I tried to keep going. There was one scary moment in the downhill, but luckily I was able to get my bike back under control. I was feeling good all day and I tried to stay out of trouble and to stay warm. It was the perfect scenario for me because it was a very hard race. I look forward to a small break now, but this gives a huge motivation for the next races this season."

Also during the press conference, Fuglsang was asked about a rumour that pointed out at a small conversation between him and Julian Alaphilippe during the race. "Before we took the speedy downhill to La Redoute, I was in the wheel of Luis León Sánchez and he was in the wheel of his guys. I looked over at him to see if I could get any sign of how he was feeling and he looked back and said to me 'I hope you win today'.

"I looked back and said ‘thank you and good luck’, I think he probably knew then that he wasn’t at his best or the Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons was going to be too hard for him."




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