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Fuglsang rays - but he does not win the Tour

his performances in the past week, where he was first number three in the Amstel Gold Race, and since the number two in the Flèche Wallonne, Jakob Fuglsang, of course, one of the two big favourites in the spring's final classic, the monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Unfortunately, this is the other big favorite of his evil spirit, the frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, who beat him in last Wednesday in the Flèche Wallonne and in march did the same in nyklassikeren Strade Bianche.

the Ends of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège in yet another duel between the two, then you lose. again. How much I than under him a great victory, so I think, unfortunately, that the Sunday will be even harder for him to win than it has been so far.

always run good forårssæsoner and has been a guarantor for good rankings. In the years he has just put the one percent on top, which has put him on the podium again and again. He has run a phenomenal spring, and it is clear that you also start to think that he may finally really drive it for anything in the Tour de France.

Julian Alaphilippe defeats Jakob Fuglsang on the Mur de Huy in the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. Photo: EPA / Julien Warnand / Ritzau Scanpix

In this context, the one percent just isn't enough. Improves he proportionately just as much in the Tour, as he has done this spring, he will most woo to the lower part of the top five. He can't win the Tour de France in a showdown with the world's best etapeløbsryttere, but I do think, however, that he was far into the year can keep his dream alive.

There are few enkeltstartskilometer, which is to his advantage, and the route is on the whole good for him. In the Pyrenees it is only the increase of La Planche des Belles Filles, which can challenge bjergrytterne, and it is an increase, which is similar to them, Fuglsang has been good so far this year. He keeps his level, he loses no essential time here.

the Pyrenees and still be inside the battle for the yellow jersey quite to 14. stage, which has the goal on the Tourmalet. It will probably be the moment of truth for him in the Tour in years, and only then do we get a clear answer on how far he can drive it.

But again: If the best is still in the race, he wins it not.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

World Tour

‘La Doyenne’ (the oldest lady)

ASO, which also stands behind the Tour de France

1892 as the advertising for the newspaper L’Expresse. The first years walked the route from Spa to Bastogne and back again.

One of the sport's five monuments. The other is the Milan-Sanremo, Flanders, Around, Paris-Roubaix and Lombardy Around.

A series of climbs of varying difficulty, with the Côte de la Redoute as the most famous.

256 kilometers

2018 Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)

2017 Alejandro Valverde (Spain)

2016 Wouter Poels (the Netherlands)

2015 Alejandro Valverde (Spain)

2014 Simon Gerrans (Australia)

2013, Daniel Martin (Ireland)

2012 Maxim Iglinsky (Kazakhstan)

2011 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)

2010 Alexandr Vinokurov (Kazakhstan)

2009 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg)

1991 Rolf Sørensen (number three)

1993 Rolf Sørensen (wins)

1969 Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1971 Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

1972 Eddy Merckx (Belgium)

5 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) - 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975

4 Moreno Argentin (Italy) - 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991

4 Alejandro Valverde (Spain) - 2006, 2008, 2015, 2017

3 Léon Houa (Belgium) - in 1892, 1893, 1894

3 Alfons Schepers (Belgium) - 1929, 1931, 1935

3 Fred De Bruyne (Belgium) - 1956, 1958, 1959

however, It does not know that Fuglsang is a formidable cyclist. He has this season run as a man who is not afraid to lose, and it has been wonderful to look at.

the Reasons are many. He has changed coach, as his familiar through the many years, the Danish Rune Larsen, is the past. He has gained new inspiration, and his position in the team is only reinforced as stjernerytterne Fabio Aru and Vincenzo Nibali has left Astana.

a's wave of success, as Fuglsang have helped to put in motion, and is along with Alaphilippes Quick-Step-crew the most successful in years. Fuglsang has won the Ruta del Sol and a stage in Tirreno-Adriatico, but he lacks the big klassikersejr, as all dream about.

he Must reap his greatest triumph Sunday, he must part with Alaphilippe long before bud and driving home alone. It is to Fuglsangs great disadvantage, that Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the first time in nearly three decades actually ends in Liège.

Jacob Fuglsang on podiets lower stage in the Amstel Gold Race, where the dutchman Mathieu van der Poel again demonstrated his immense talent and won. Photo: ANP / AFP / Bas Czerwinski / Ritzau Scanpix.

so Far the finish line remained in the suburb of Ans, which is reached by an insidious growing highway. In the year ending the race on the flat road in the middle of the city, and Fuglsang has not, therefore, a last ramp, he can shoot out of place in the absolute finale.

tremendous pressure on the already 90 kilometers from the target to get cleared up long before the finals. Competitors hjælperyttere be worn out, so the captains are isolated in the finals, and then Fuglsang even do the job finished on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons and run alone towards the goal.

If he does not get rid of Alaphilippe there, so never happen, and so we know the outcome. Succeed it, is the question so simply for her point of view is able to keep all behind over a stretch of 15 kilometres on the mostly flat path towards the goal.

I have reason to doubt, although Fuglsang in its current form hardly ever been better.

--------- SPLIT ELEMENT ---------

(6 stars), Julian Alaphilippe

(5 stars) Jakob Fuglsang, Maximilian Schachmann

(4 stars) Alejandro Valverde, Michal Kwiatkowski, Michael Matthews

(3 stars) Bauke Mollema, Simon Clarke, Bob Jungels, Romain Bardet, Adam Yates

(2 stars), Samuel Dumoulin, Diego Ulissi, Vincenzo Nibali, Alessandro De Marchi

(1 star) Tadej Pogacar, Dan Martin

--------- SPLIT ELEMENT ---------

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