|“Arrière de la Course” is French for “You suck.”|
Spoiler alert: Andy Schleck did not win Flèche Wallonne this morning. In fact, Andy hasn’t won anything since July 2011 when he captured Stage 18 of the Tour de France. As you might expect, that was a high mountains stage. But today Andy was dropped on a hill … and not even the super-tough final ascent of the Mur de Huy, but on a much easier climb. He eventually finished in 86th place, 4:35 behind the winner.
I won’t tell you who the winner is, just in case you feel like watching the American television broadcast next Wednesday morning, 1-2 a.m. CDT. Thanks for nothing, NBC Sports.
Today’s pack-fodder finish is another in a long series of poor performances—including several DNFs—for a guy who has been on the Tour de France podium in three of the last four years. So, what’s wrong with Andy? Cycling forums and news sites abound with theories. Vote in the poll on the right side of this page and we’ll see if we can figure this out. I think the answer is some combination of the choices I’m presenting, rather than just one. Choose as many as you think apply, or comment to this post with your own suggestions.