Looking far more relaxed at the start this morning was Sky rider Lars-Peter Nordhaug, the man who became tangled up with Lampre’s Damiano Cunego in the final meters of the Amstel Gold as both tumbled to the Tarmac. “Yes, I was happy to have been in the finale of the Amstel, it was good for my morale, it meant my form was good. I wasn’t hurt though although since then all I’ve done, in terms of training, is a bit of work on the turbo trainer and a couple of short road rides.”
But if the 28-year-old Norwegian had any notions about playing his own card in the Fleche Wallonne, he was playing them down at the signing on. “The team’s tactics for today won’t change at all, it’s hard to predict the race of course, but I think (Rigoberto) Uran will be strong today,” said Nordhaug, suggesting that, although he had a good ride in the Amstel Gold, the Colombian was still the rider Sky would be looking to in Huy to perform.