Sam Bewley’s role in the success of Orica-SCOTT generally goes understated, with much of his work featuring in the opening half or three quarters of a race.  You could very much make the case that he is one of the ‘engines’ of a team campaign.  Fleche Wallonne saw Bewley driving the race for several kilometres that helped line up Michael Albasini for 4th place.  We got to speak to him after his Wallonne debut.

 

RC:  First outing at Fleche Wallonne, what were your impressions of the race as a whole? 

Sam:  It was a cool race, the first 130k is pretty straight forward but with the wind made it more tricky.  The final circuits are hard especially the Mur de Huy but very cool with the crowds on that climb. 

RC:  We know about the infamous climb of the Mur de Huy, but what is it actually like to ride? 

Sam:  It’s a steep climb as everyone knows it’s only 1.5k but it’s with the gradients it makes for a good 5min effort. The crowds are pretty big up there which always makes those kinds of climbs pretty cool. 

RC:  Talk us through your day.  You spent a great deal of time on the front with Movistar in that mid-section.  Can you tell us a bit more about the specifics of your role out there and what you were aiming to achieve on the front for such a long period of time? 

Sam:  I was at Flèche to help protect our leader Michael Albasini. I spent the first part of the race keeping him sheltered from the crosswinds which were pretty prominent.  I then helped Movistar with chasing for 50k or so leading into the circuits.  It was about backing our leader who we knew could perform well.  Once we hit the circuits it was just about keeping the guys for the final in position so they had the best run at the last couple of climbs. 

RC:  What are your objectives at this point in the season?  Will you be targeting the Giro again this year? 

Sam:  I’ve got the Tour of Romandie next week and that’s the last race for me for this first part of the season. I’m going to head to Colombia for a training camp in May which I’m looking forward to and then I’ll start racing again in June.  So no Giro for me this year which is a bit of a change from the last couple of seasons.

 

Alejandro Valverde secures fifth Fleche Wallonne

 

Photo:  Sirotti

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