Friday, 20 Apr 2018
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In the realm of versatile, Michael Valgren has made himself a place of choice

When cycling became globalized, it tended to hyper-specialize. Finished, for example, the era of great riders likely to win Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France the same year (Bernard Hinault, in 1981, is the last to have done). But in recent seasons, the ability to shine on many lands regains credit. Peter Sagan , Michal Kwiatkowski , Alejandro Valverde , Vincenzo Nibali or Philippe Gilbert , each in their own way, make themselves the ambassador of this relative decompartmentalization. But the list is non-exhaustive, and Michael Valgren, winner of the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday, knocks on the symbols of the resurgence of versatility. Read also Valgren, like a big Video – Faced with an isolated Sagan, Valgren was the smartest in the final: his victory in video 2:23 Valgren refuses to enter a box. Except, perhaps, that of the attacker. ” When I recognized the course, with narrower roads in the end, I thought it could work in my favor, he said, after his success. This is an advantage for attackers who may be faster out of sight of pursuers In the end, he cleverly profited from the numerical superiority of Astana: ” It happened like in the Het Nieuwsblad (which he also won). Winning this way, it becomes my signature. ” A signature that can therefore initial different types of triumph. However, his first steps in the bike seemed to destine him to a specialty.

Cut for the Dean?

Winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège hopes in 2012 and 2013, Valgren made his World Tour debut in 2014, within the Tinkoff -Saxo, with the label of a budding specialist from the Ardennaises. Without success for two years, in this area … as elsewhere, except on his land (a national champion title and a victory in the general classification of the Tour of Denmark, in 2014). The 2015 Amstel Gold Race still confirms its racing potential a priori reserved for punchers (22nd, 23 years old). The following year is the year of its hatching. The Dane wins “his” turn again in 2016, but this time dominating the race of the head and shoulders. Above all, he fails very little during the Amstel (2nd, beaten in the sprint by … Gasparotto , 3rd this Sunday) and signs a promising 14th place on Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He arrives at Astana in 2017, with a cap showing more and more prospective future contender to the Dean. Only? That nay . Michael Valgren went through the case “handyman” at Tinkoff AFP

The counter-time of the Arrow 2017

His possible ambitions for the Flanders remained buried in the Tinkoff of a certain Peter Sagan. They will hatch within the Kazakh training. With Astana, Valgren signs a campaign of interesting paved classics in 2017: he finishes in particular 6th of the E3 and 11th of the Tour of Flanders. The goal is not to become a new runner, but to become one who has more cards in hand. The 25-year-old Dane followed with Amstel (35) and the Flèche Wallonne … where a fall forced him to retire. This season, Valgren takes up the thread of destiny of runner oriented towards the classics in the broad sense, that he sees himself kissing. And, for now, this choice smiles on him. Winner of his first World Tour race (the Het Nieuwsblad), in February, he finished 4th in the Tour of Flanders, before missing out on Paris-Roubaix, and, therefore, to afford the Amstel Gold Race. Sunday. He will be leaving from the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, then, unless incidentally, from Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. This Monument around which his career should not be polarized … but he can still hope to win. He is one of the men who help to prove it. Michael Valgren Gewinnt das Amstel Gold Race 2018 Imago

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