By Gregor Brown in Huy
Rising Dutch star, Thomas Dekker (Rabobank), made one of the Flèche Wallonne's decisive moves. The 22 year-old jumped into a move with five other riders in the final 15 kilometres of the Ardennes Classic.
"I felt good in the final, I attacked in the climb, and then the strong guys got on my wheel," said Dekker to Cyclingnews at the finish.
Dekker was in the move that contained 2005 Flèche winner, Danilo Di Luca. "Di Luca countered with six or seven guys. It was a really good group, only no one from Gerolsteiner, so it had to chase." Dekker is gaining experience with every passing year. He noted the moves of his Italian rival but questioned his logic. "I was surprised that Di Luca went so early. I was there in the front, and it was difficult for me to stay there, but I tried.
"It is impossible for me to win on the Mur de Huy so I had to go early," Dekker continued. He hopes to have a better chance in Sunday's Classic. "I am lacking power in my legs but for Liège this result is good. I think there I can have a good result."