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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 20, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge; Anna van der Breggen pulls a hattrick in Flèche Wallonne; Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead; Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead; From hip fracture to Ardennes Classics contention: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s fight back from injury; Leif Hoste wins appeal against fine in doping case; Terpstra resumes training; Cycling safety advocate killed in collision with vehicle; Full Cycle returns to Australian TV from tonight; Video: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; Video: Why is it so hot inside a velodrome?; Video: Cycling South America.

Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge

by Shane Stokes

He started the race as the clear favourite, and ended it as a record five-time winner. Alejandro Valverde put in an assertive performance to take Flèche Wallonne, surging clear on the final ascent of the Mur de Huy and soloing to victory. Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) put in a late surge to take second behind the Movistar rider, while Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) held off Sergio Henao (Team Sky) for third. Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) and Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) completed the top six.

Speaking afterwards, Valverde said that the win was no easier or tougher than his other four, ranking it as equal to those earlier successes. He said that he would aim to return again in 2018 and try to win again. The victory is the ninth of the season for Valverde, who seems – surprisingly – to be stronger than ever at 36 years of age.

“It was a victory of confidence, of strength and of having a great team at my side,” he said. “We had respect for the rivals, but I knew that I was in great physical condition and had to take advantage of it. We were convinced and the team was working from kilometre zero to be together at the end. Then we know that winning is very complicated because we only had one [rider], but the truth is that it is a race that I know well.

“Although it seems easy, it has been as difficult as my other triumphs here.”

As for Martin, his finishing pattern replicated those of other years. He was much further back than Valverde starting the final climb and had to make up a lot of ground. His second place follows third last year, second in 2014, fourth in 2013 and sixth in 2012.

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Today’s feature image is from La Flèche Wallonne.

  • cthenn

    Bury my comment if you want, but I’m getting so tired of Sky’s ridiculousness. And it will all come to a crescendo at the Giro, where the trackie, Thomas, will beat the diminutive pure Columbian climber, Quintana. Then we can officially blow up all of cycling.

    • Andy Logan

      Without wanting to make this a doping slanging match and I am not saying your wrong or right, but Valverde’s results are just as much of a joke as well.

      To me, it seems a lot of the results nowadays make you raise your eyebrow a little bit.

      • MadBlack

        Add to that the miraculous return to form for Gilbert after 5 years in the wildernesss…

        • Add to that the verdict in the Hoste case and it’s just an awesome spring for anti-doping!

    • Superpilot

      Not to be apologetic for him, but he isn’t a trackie anymore, definitely very lean just look at the podium photos, and it has been a 2 season transition. As Dumoulin has shown as a ‘pure’ TTer, sometimes power to weight is more important than weight or specialty alone.

      Also inclined to mention Valverde, winning and podiuming single day monuments as well as grand tours in the same season.

      I’m still waiting for Quintana to deliver on his early promising form, been several seasons of illnesses and lack of form for him.

    • Gavin Adkins

      The 1-2 reminded me of the 1994 edition of Fleche Wallone…

      • Simon E

        People see what they want to see.

  • Is the Women’s Flèche Wallonne podium exactly the same as Amstel Gold Race including VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek? If so that is freaky. I wonder if it played out the same with everyone marking Deignan and then getting slayed by a huge attack from the back. Anyone know if there are video highlights?

    Also Dan Martin was blisteringly quick in the final meters. If he was positioned better I wonder if he could have come around Valverde?

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