Bendigo cyclist Jack Haig

BENDIGO cyclist Jack Haig has had praise heaped upon him by his team boss after another strong finish in one of the most prestigious one-day races of the European season.

Haig finished a determined 14th in the Liege Bastogne Liege classic on Sunday after earlier recording a 30th-place finish at the Fleche Wallonne race.

Sunday’s race was won by Bob Jungels, who attacked on the penultimate climb of the day and broke away to win into Liege.

Haig was among a select group of favourites that tried to bridge the gap, finishing ahead of Tour of Italy winner Tom Dumoulin.

In both events Haig was among the lead riders toward the finish, showing his potential and development under the watch of the Mitchelton Scott team.

Haig did not return home to Australia over the summer of cycling, instead staying in Europe to further his training.

The Andorra resident and former national mountain bike champion is a noted climber, but has shown his increased versatility in the past week.

“The team looked after (eight-placed finisher Roman Kreuziger) really well he was our clear leader today and to have Jack Haig deep in the final of Liege-Bastogne-Liege,” White said following the latter of the two races.

“It is exciting for the future, the Ardennes is style of racing that suits Jack.”

Haig said he didn’t feel at his best early in the race but was pleased with the result.

“The first half of the race I was feeling average and talked myself out of it but once we really started racing with 100 kilometres to go I started to come round,” he said.

“Once we got over the La Radoute when I was at the front I had good legs today, so I knew I could be there to help Roman.

“It didn’t really kick off until the La Roche-Aux-Faucons, then I was following the moves and then it was a tactical game and lots of attacks.

“Luckily it came together at the bottom of the Saint-Nicolas climb with my self and Roman in the group.”

Fellow local Chris Hamilton also made his debut in both races alongside Haig, riding for the Team Sunweb squad.

Hamilton finished 60th in Fleche Wallonne and 104th into Liege on Sunday.