Arnaud De Lie won the Famenne Ardenne Classic on one leg. Or rather on a pedal. While the train of the Alpecin-Deceunink team had started the sprint, the Belgian rider moved to the right without anyone managing to follow him. He initially seemed to dominate the final rush, up to 50 meters from the line. The wedge of his right shoe gave way, his right foot escaped from the pedal. The Lotto-Destiny cyclist regained his balance for a while before definitively losing the pedal a few meters from the finish.
The young Walloon (21 years old) went off the rails, but he knew how to throw his bike away to get ahead of Kaden Groves and Florian Sénéchal, who started from too far away to deprive him of a tenth victory this season. “I would have won quite easily without that,” confirmed the lucky winner of the day on Eurosport. My bilge plate broke, it was bad luck. I can laugh about it, if I had lost, I would have won as they say. I went off the rails, tried to put the chain back on at the same time as pedaling. »
According to him, he managed to put the channel back on the set. “That’s probably why I won,” he smiled. He did not triumph in front of just anyone, since Christophe Laporte, fresh European champion, ranked 4th in Belgium.
A great revenge for the Belgian. Last year, he fell 700 meters from the finish. This Sunday, he perfectly punctuated his great week, having already won on Thursday on the Franco-Belgian Circuit.
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