Alberto Bettiol: I didn’t have the identical Tour of Flanders legs as final yr

Alberto Bettiol: I didn’t have the same Tour of Flanders legs as last year

Half a yr longer than anticipated, Alberto Bettiol (EF Professional Biking) was the defending champion of the Tour of Flanders. The 26-year-old Italian rider entered the 2020 version figuring out that it will be troublesome to repeat final yr’s great achievement. He got here up with a great struggle, however in the long run, he needed to bow for biking’s stars Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe.

“It’s a fucking arduous race, this one. The Ronde is gorgeous however so arduous. It’s so troublesome to remain in entrance. I feel I labored as arduous as I may. I used to be once more within the finale of this race. Additionally, final weekend [Gent-Wevelgem] I used to be in entrance. I didn’t have the identical legs as final yr. I feel one of the best man received the race,” Bettiol stated within the post-race combined zone in Oudenaarde.

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