Michael Albasini (3rd): «Showed I could be with the best»

interview24.04.2016The race- Liège / Ans

“I came on Liège to work for Simon Gerrans but saw he was struggling in the Côte de Saint-Nicolas. It was my turn to lead the team. I went to the front of the group to be able to attack or chase attempts. I then pushed on the cobbles and was surprised to be the strongest. Eventually, at the end of the day, I wasn't the strongest. On the final straight I could no longer feel my legs. 

Of course we're an Australian team but we have a very international team. The team has improved a lot on the Ardennes classics with podiums on the Amstel Gold Race or Fleche Wallonne and a win on Liege with Gerrans. There's so much quality in this team.

I believe Poels was just the strongest today. We were all tired. You can't be as focused after such a day. Maybe I should have attacked earlier. I proved that I could be with the best and that's what counts the most”.

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