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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) knows just how to win the Flèche Wallonne. In this 80th edition of the race the Spaniard rode a perfect final climb up the Mur de Huy to claim his fourth victory.
— Flèche Wallonne (@flechewallonne) April 20, 2016
After catching the final remnants of the break, with Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) valiantly hanging on solo for a few more kilometres and taking the climbing competition, the peloton collected itself as it raced towards Huy for the final time. Under 14km to go small attacks started to go on the rolling hills.
Tomasz Marchinski set off first, with a counter attack soon after that included Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep), Georg Priedler (Giant-Alpecin) and Jon Izaguirre (Movistar) just marking the move. At 9km to go another group of seven rolled off the front of the peloton, and this effectively ended any chance of a break surviving, ensuring the win would come on the Mur.
At 2km with the race all together about 50 riders remained, taking the turn into town. Onto the steeper slopes the favourites came to the front, led by Valverde and Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep). Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) made the first move but was quickly covered by Martin.
With that Martin was forced to go early and Valverde went along for the ride to take the victory ahead of Martin’s teammate Julian Alaphilippe.
Etixx - Quick Step
Etixx - Quick Step
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Today’s feature image shows Flèche Wallonne winner Alejandro Valverde on the Mur de Huy.