Riders were tasked with 200km of racing, nine climbs including three ascents of the infamous Mur de Huy at today’s Fleche Wallonne. After a great display of team work, Warren Barguil went through with the best to the line and took 6th place.
After a fast start and numerous breakaway attempts, it was a group of six that managed to go clear after 30km of racing. As the race hit the 70km mark, the peloton were greeted by the first climbs of the day and it was here that the bunch began to eat away at the leaders advantage. Attacks on the Cote de Cherave saw one rider go clear with another following. This move saw Team Sunweb move to the front of the bunch with the team putting in an effort to control the pace at the front. As the then lone leader hit the Flamme Rouge he was caught by the chasing bunch. Warren Barguil went on to take an impressive 6th place atop the Mur de Huy.
“I am really happy with the result,” explained Warren. “The whole team did a really good job once again, I never felt the wind today which was a key aspect of today. Wilco and Michael positioned me really well going onto the final climb which was really important. I think I need to build up my confidence in the sprint and next time I will try to focus on this.”
After the race, Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “We are happy with today. The plan was to go for Warren and to try get a top 10, which is exactly what we did. We wanted to get him in a good position going onto the Mur de Huy and he was in the top 15 here which was good. The team were in control and didn’t panic. This result shows that Warren belongs with the best riders and he is getting closer and closer to the podium.”