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“It was a very good ride from Sergio. I think he was a bit disappointed at the finish. Still happy with the result, but he felt like he really had the legs to win today," sports director Nicolas Portal

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FLECHE WALLONNE

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17.04.2013 @ 19:33 Posted by Jesper Johannesen

Sergio Henao (Team Sky) took his best ever classics result in today's Fleche Wallonne as he ended up second behind Daniel Moreno (Katusha) on the steep Mur de Huy. Despite the joy of a best ever performance in a big one-day race, the Colombian was disappointed to not get the maximal benefit of his strong legs.

 

After having crushed the likes of Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte on the excessively steep Alt de la Lejana in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Sergio Henao entered today's Fleche Wallonne as one of the major favourites. The steep Mur de Huy was perfectly suited to the tiny Colombian and his Sky team made sure to protect him throughout the day.

 

The Colombian did not disappoint as he was right in the mix in the final uphill sprint. However, he had not answer when Daniel Moreno accelerated off the wheel of a fading Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and the Sky captain had to settle for second.

 

The result is his best ever in a classic after his 6th place in the Amstel Gold Race and 5th place in last year's Tour of Lombardy. Nonetheless, the Colombian was disappointed as he felt his legs were up for even more.

 

“It was a very good ride from Sergio," sport director Nicolas Poratl said. "I think he was a bit disappointed at the finish. Still happy with the result, but he felt like he really had the legs to win today. These are big races and he is visibly improving from last season. At Amstel he finished sixth, today second so he is clearly very strong."

 

Henao may have lost the energy he needed on the steep slopes when he had to battle alone in the hectic fight for position on the descent to the bottom of the day's final climb. The domestiques of the ususally strong Sky team were nowhere to be seen and Portal acknowledged that the captain had been too lonely in the final.

 

"At the end he was a bit isolated as there were a few tired guys," he said. "Rigo (Rigoberto Uran, ed.) was up there but missed the kick at the end but we’re happy with how the guys rode."

 

Another encouragement was delivered by young neoprofessional Joshua Edmondson who managed to stay in the favourite group all the way to the bottom of the Mur. The signs of the Brit are hugely encouraging according to Portal.

 

"Josh was up there too at the end," he said. "He did a great job to finish the race with the first guys. We know he is strong and this is yet more good experience for him."

 

The team now turns its attention to the most prestigious of the Ardennes classics, the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Henao will be eager to get his revenge but the team will be further reinforced as a certain British Tour de France favourite will join the classics team ahead of the oldest of the classics.

 

“Now we have Liege on Sunday," Portal said. "Froomey (Chris Froome, ed.) will arrive as will a few other guys but everybody is naturally up for the race.”

 

On Sunday, you can follow all the action from Liege-Bastogne-Liege on CyclingQuotes.com/live.

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