Carlos Betancur failed to make an impact at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, but the Colombian explained at the start that he was laid low by illness recently and is unsure of his condition. Twelve months ago, of course, Betancur launched a ferocious attack on the Mur de Huy, but mistimed that impressive effort and faded to third. With that in mind, perhaps, he seems unconvinved by the importance of positioning at the base of the Mur de Huy - it's all about having the legs, he said.
“I was sick a while back and I don’t really know what my condition is like yet, whether I’m in good enough shape to really have an impact like last year," Betancur said. "A lot of people say the key is positioning on the Mur de Huy but to be honest it’s not: it’s whether you have the legs or not. You can be tenth at the foot of the Mur and the last man at the top if you’re not strong.”