Rui Costa (2nd): «My toughest ever classic»

interview24.04.2016The race- Liège / Ans

On Saint-Nicolas, I saw that the race was getting harder and I had good legs and could be well placed for the lasts climb. I saw Albasini was strong. I hung on to his wheel. When I saw others dropping behind I pushed harder. Poels deserves his win. 

It was a tough day with the rain, the snow and the cold. My toughest ever classic. It's my favourite one so I'm happy to be on the podium. With the tough day we had, only the best could make it to the finish. 

When it rains or it's cold, my legs and my body tend to cope well but that doesn't mean I like these conditions. Liege is one of the toughest races and I knew I could do well. The weather complicated everything during the whole day added to the fact that the penultimate climb on the cobbles also changed the outcome.”


    Twenty-eight years after Adri Van Der Poel, a heroic Wout Poels became the fifth Dutchman to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The rider from team SKY made the best of the penultimate climb of the day to power away from the favourites group alongside Rui Costa, Michael Albasini and Samuel Sanchez. The decision was finally made on the final straight in Ans where Poels managed to outsprint his rivals, crossing the line in front of Albasini and Rui Costa after a day many will remember for its...

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