Cycling: Dylan Teuns offers himself the Walloon Flèche in front of the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde – Archyde

The Belgian Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) at the arrival of the Flèche wallonne, April 20. OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP For his der, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) did not go far. But the native of Murcia (southern Spain) did not raise his arms a sixth time on the Walloon Flèche, this Wednesday April 20, preceded in the last meters of the wall of Huy by the Belgian Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Victorious ). “I knew when Valverde was going to accelerate, commented the winner of the day at the end of the race. I was in his wheel. Then I felt him come back to me. Fortunately, I still had strength. “I have never felt so strong in the spring classics,” added the 30-year-old who finished 8th in the Brabant Arrow, 10th in the Amstel Gold Race and 6th in the Tour of Flanders. In Huy, Dylan Teuns’ best result dates back to 2017, when he finished 3rd. “No regrets” for Alaphilippe Five days before his 42nd birthday and while he has made it known that this year will be his last season, Alejandro Valverde is therefore content with a 9th podium in his favorite race, ahead of the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe). The world champion and outgoing winner, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step), finished 4th. “I am relieved that the race is over…, he reacted. I did what I could, the legs spoke. I had a lot of pressure on my shoulders before the start, I was focused on having the best race possible and having no regrets. When Teuns attacked I wasn’t in his wheel but I don’t think that would have made much difference. Before confiding in the hope of doing better this Sunday on the last “Ardennes classic”: Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Three other French people are in the top ten: Rudy Molard (Groupama FDJ) finished 8th, Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic) 9th and Alexis Vuillermoz (TotalEnergies) 10th. Double winner of the Grande Boucle and already victorious in the UA Tour, Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico since the resumption, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), announced as one of the serious candidates for the coronation, sat down in the last 300 meters. He finished 12th. The World with AFP