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Alejandro Valverde wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the fourth time (+ video)

Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen wins first-ever women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has won Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the fourth time and will donate his prize money to the family of Michele Scarponi following the Italian’s death yesterday.

Valverde had announced his intentions before the race after Scarponi was killed in a collision with a van during a training ride.

Before the start, the peloton also paid tribute.

After a long day of racing, the day’s break was caught with around 10km to go and what remained of the peloton was stretched and further thinned out on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas which came with around 6km to go.

With a kilometre to go, Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) had a gap of a few seconds, at which point Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) attacked and passed him.

Valverde, however, appeared by far the strongest rider. The Spaniard cruised up to Martin and had enough in reserve that he was then able to open a gap in the last few hundred metres, easing up way before the line.

Martin followed and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) won the sprint for third.

Valverde’s win followed a fifth victory in La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolemans) had won the first ever women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege with a late attack. Team-mate Lizzie Deignan won the sprint for second place.

There was a certain sense of déjà vu about the result as Van der Breggen also won Amstel Gold and Fleche-Wallonne earlier in the week with Deignan second in both races.

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