Jakob Fuglsang during Strade Bianche 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images) Jakob Fuglsang couldn’t better his runner-up position at last year’s Strade Bianche, and was beaten by Wout van Aert, the rider behind him in third place in the 2019 edition.
The Dane was doubled over at the finish, his hands having taken a battering and his face caked in dust.
“It was nice to be back but, oof, the last 50km after my little attack I exploded a little bit because of the heat,” Fuglsang said, explaining what happened after he looked to take the race to his rivals. “Think I overheated and I found it difficult to get my legs back and to cool down, you dont really cool down when it’s 40 degrees.”
Fuglsang just seemed happy to be back racing, and says he couldn’t resist when Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) attacked, the pair having fought it out between them on many occasions last year when searching for one-day race victories.
“The race went as it went and the guys they did a good job for me, I just found myself a little alone. I mean, Deceuninck made it hard and Alaphilippe attacked very early to open the race and I couldn’t really do much else other than follow, I spent a lot [there]. ”But all in all I was there in the front but missed a little bit in the end, probably what I spent in my attack, when Schachmann went I went with him and then […]