Baller is as baller does. Philippe Gilbert repeats. Boom goes the dynamite.
Gilbert, who has targeted next weekend’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège as his early season objective, seized command on the final climb after Rodriguez had made a vain attempt to go clear himself.
The first three home had overtaken Andy Schleck on the climb after the Luxembourg star had gone clear 11km from the finish but having looked set for victory he faded on the steep ascent.
His brother Frank fared worse as he and Swiss star Fabian Cancellara were held up 23km from the finish by a crash in front of them losing any chance of victory.Id.
Video of the finale:
If this is any indication of the form Gilbert and Andy Schleck are going to carry into next week, oh my, is there ever going to be fireworks.
But for the crash, who knows? That’s racing, I guess. I can hardly wait for La Flèche Wallonne and Liège – Bastogne – Liège. This is going to be very good stuff.by