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by Shane Stokes
April 21, 2018
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Chirpy, animated and happily giving interviews, Jack Haig looks like he has just ridden to the shops. Around him are shattered riders, professionals who have dragged themselves to the top of the Mur de Huy and show all the signs of a tough Flèche Wallonne plus an exhausting final climb. But, other than some dirt on his face, some dust on his jersey, Haig appears unaffected.
He chats and smiles and exudes enthusiasm. He’s been one of the most aggressive riders in the race and went close to taking a very big result.
“Ah….300 metres,” he says, referring to the point where the main favourites finally overhauled him. “But 300 metres on this climb is a long way, eh?”
Haig smiles as he says this. He could have taken a glass-half-empty outlook and regretted being reeled in so close to the finish. Instead, he sees the bigger picture, and knows it is a good one.
“I feel good about how it went, actually,” he tells CyclingTips. “I am really happy to have a good race today, to get into that break and really test the legs before Liège. I also think it worked out perfectly for the team. We had a plan of always racing these circuits aggressively, as we knew Roman [Kreuziger] had good legs.
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