Marta Cavalli, Dylan Teuns see off heavyweights to win Fleche Wallonne Feminine and La Fleche Wallonne
Marta Cavalli and Dylan Teuns both pulled off fine victories in La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and La Fleche Wallonne respeciively. It was Cavalli's second hilly classic victory within 11 days while Teuns saw off Alejandro Valverde to produce the biggest one-day win of his career on Mur de Huy.
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Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) has won La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, outsprinting Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) to take first place.
After a strong breakaway, the peleton was split up on the penultimate climb - the Côte de Cherave - which saw 16 riders enter the Mur de Huy with an advantage of 1:40 and it would prove to be a pivotal moment in the race.
With 350m to go, Van Vleuten made her move to take the lead and it was only Cavalli who was on her tail.
Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) secured the biggest one-day win of his career by winning La Flèche Wallonne ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who has won it five times.
The race was decided in the final 300m when Enric Mas (Movistar) led Valverde into the steepest section of the Mur de Huy, but Teuns ramped up the pace to get ahead of Valverde and Bora-Hansgrohe's Aleksandr Vlasov.
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Valverde made one last push in the final 50m, but he could not make up the ground on Teuns who crossed the line in a time of 4:42:12.
The 42-year-old Spaniard had to settle for runner-up spot two seconds behind, closely followed by Vlasov. World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-AlphaVinyl) finished in fourth.
"It's maybe not always the best one who wins, but on the Mur, it's definitely a climb where you need the legs and today I had strong legs. Maybe I was the strongest today," Teuns said.
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"I knew a little bit the place where he always makes the first acceleration.
"Five years ago when I became third I was there in the wheel, and when he made the second move I couldn't follow anymore. Today, I made the second move and I felt him coming but I still had a little left in the legs to keep him behind me."
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