Pezcyclingnews: Lige’15: The Bullet Hits!


Jan 3, 2005
Race Report: Ed Hood told us last week, even before Flche Wallonne, that Alejandro Valverde would win ‘La Doyenne’ on the steep finish to Ans. It was a battle of cat and mouse between Katusha and the man from Murcia, but ‘Balaverde’ was top man. Here is how Ed saw the race unfold.On a wet Sunday afternoon in the dismal retail park in the Lige suburb of Ans, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar & Spain) celebrated his 35th birthday a day late but in great style closing down Dani Moreno (Katusha & Spain) when it looked the man from the Russian team had a big enough gap to win, then leading the sprint out all the way to win from the revelation of the Ardennes Week, 23 year-old Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step & France) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha & Spain).Valverde hit the front and stayed there to the lineValverde adds the 2015 La Doyenne to the 2015 Flche Wallonne which he won just four days ago to confirm his status as one of the worlds best and most consistent professional riders. But Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo & Czech Republic) must be ruing a late escape which burned up so many watts but still left him with enough in the tank for fifth spot.The sun was shining some six-and-and-quarter hours earlier…There are 253K to ride, 10 major climbs to negotiate and hardly an inch of road which doesnt go up, down, left or right she may be a Doyenne but shes a nippy...

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