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April 23/17 13:23 pm - Liege-Bastogne-Liege men's results, Woods 9th

Posted by Editoress on 04/23/17

Valverde, king in the Ardennes

Four days after winning his fifth Flèche wallonne, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) dominated Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the fourth time in his career Sunday, equalling Moreno Argentin's tally, only one shy of Eddy Merckx's record. El Imbatido, once again winner ahead of Dan Martin, couldn't contain his emotions on a day that began with a tribute to the late Michele Scarponi. For Valverde, this a third double Flèche-Liège after 2006 and 2015.

Paying tribute to Scarponi
An emotional tribute to Michele Scarponi preceded the start of the 103rd Doyenne. The 200 participating riders and the audience in Liège celebrated a minute of applauses, with the eight Astana riders wearing black armbands at the front of the pack.

Once the race began, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) quickly went for the first attack of the day, before a group of eight riders managed to break away at km 4 with Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue).

Pardini's solo act
Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) missed the move but decided to go in pursuit at km 15. A major solo effort almost granted him a spot at the front of the race, as he cut to 5 seconds a gap that previously rose above 2 minutes… but the Belgian came up short and eventually missed his shot at joining the leading group after the first climb of the day, the côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne. Pardini, who broke away on the Flèche wallonne, was finally caught by the peloton after 100 km of racing. At the moment, just after the turning point in Bastogne, the leaders were enjoying the maximum gap of the day: 13:25.

First moves on the Ferme Libert and La Redoute
Team Sky and then Quick-Step Floors decided to answer Alejandro Valverde's call, helping Movistar control the race and slowly cut the gap. The new trilogy of climbs, with the côte de Pont, the côte de Bellevue and the côte de la Ferme Libert, was the opportunity to make the race harder and prepare later attacks. Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) tried to break away but the 2014 winner couldn't open a real gap.

The col du Maquisard finally offered ground for a strong counter-attack, led by Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) and quickly followed by Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Omar Fraile and Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and Gianluca Brambilla (Quick-Step Floors). Another move initiated by Sebastian Henao (Sky) and followed by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) brought everyone together after the côte de la Redoute. At the front, Anthony Perez (Cofidis) went solo while Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) was dropped from the chase.

Henao? Formolo? Martin? Valverde.
Sergio Henao (Sky) tried his luck on the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons and the côte de Saint-Nicolas but never managed to actually get rid of the teammates Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) needed to control the race until the finish. Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) was the last of the early attackers to be caught, after Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) joined him at the front of the race with 9 kilometres to go, only to drop him and then be caught on the côte de Saint-Nicolas.

Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) enjoyed the following downhill to open a gap with only 4 kilometres to go. The Italian puncheur still had a margin of a few seconds in the final kilometre, when Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) made his move. Once again, the 2013 winner entered the last curve ahead of everyone. But Alejandro Valverde, as he did Wednesday on the Flèche wallonne, had perfectly timed his sprint to bring home a fourth victory on the Doyenne. Michael Kwiatkowski (Sky) finished third.
ASO press release

Michael Woods (Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team) was in all the final moves and finished 9th at 7s behind the winner.

Liège to Ans, 258 km
1 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 6:24:27
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at s.t.
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:03
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
5 Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-Scott all s.t.
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:07
9 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
11 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
12 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Luis Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky all s.t.
14 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE ABU Dhabi 0:10
15 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team s.t.
16 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:14
17 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ
18 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
20 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
21 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
22 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
23 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
24 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:24
25 Omar Fraile (Esp) Team Dimension Data 0:28
26 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
27 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott 0:34
28 Daniel Moreno (Esp) Movistar Team 0:51
29 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:54
30 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE ABU Dhabi
31 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
32 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
33 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
34 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
35 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
36 Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE ABU Dhabi
37 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
38 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
39 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
40 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
41 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension Data
42 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
43 Igor Anton (Esp) Team Dimension Data
44 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
45 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
46 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
47 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
48 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE ABU Dhabi
49 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale all s.t.
50 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Team Dimension Data 1:00
51 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
52 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
53 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo all s.t.
54 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 1:08
55 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:56
56 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie s.t.
57 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 2:13
58 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Astana Pro Team
59 Jose Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team both s.t.
60 David De La Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors 3:22
61 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:29
62 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Dimension Data 3:38
63 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
64 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 3:50
65 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
66 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
67 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport all s.t.
68 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team 4:42
69 André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo
70 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe both s.t.
71 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 4:50
72 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 5:01
73 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE ABU Dhabi 5:31
74 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
75 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
76 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
77 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
78 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky 5:35
79 Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
80 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team both s.t.
81 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:41
82 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie 6:14
83 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 7:27
84 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 7:40
85 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
86 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
87 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
88 Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
89 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
90 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
91 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
92 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
93 Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE ABU Dhabi
94 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
95 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
96 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
97 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
98 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
99 Luis Angel Mate (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
100 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe
101 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
102 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
103 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
104 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
105 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
106 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
107 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
108 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
109 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
110 Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ
111 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
112 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
113 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie
114 Alberto Losada (Esp) Katusha-Alpecin
115 Ángel Vicioso (Esp) Katusha-Alpecin all s.t.
116 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team 7:52
117 Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 8:41
118 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 9:15
119 Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 10:39
120 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
121 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
122 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
123 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
124 Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
125 Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
126 Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE ABU Dhabi
127 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
128 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
129 Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
130 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
131 Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij all s.t.
132 Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 10:44
133 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 11:32
134 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team 13:11
135 Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
136 Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport
137 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
138 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
139 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
140 Jaco Venter (RSA) Team Dimension Data
141 Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
142 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
143 Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport all s.t.
144 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie 13:32
145 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida s.t.
146 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 13:55
147 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
148 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 14:09
149 Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 14:41
150 Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
151 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin both s.t.
152 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:35
153 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 16:39
DNF Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Team Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (USA) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Eros Capecchi (Bel) Quick Step Floors
DNF Dario Cataldo (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Mekseb Debesay (RSA) Team Dimension Data
DNF Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect
DNF Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
DNF Fabien Doubey (Bel) Team Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
DNF Floris Gerts (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNF Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (USA) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Damien Howson (Aus) Orica - Scott
DNF Daryl Impey (Aus) Orica - Scott
DNF Christopher Juul Jensen (Aus) Orica - Scott
DNF Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
DNF Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
DNF Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
DNF Enric Mas Nicolau (Bel) Quick Step Floors
DNF Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Team Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Lars Petter Nordhaug (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
DNF Ben Alexander O'Connor (RSA) Team Dimension Data
DNF Olivier Pardini (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect
DNF Daniel Pearson (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
DNF Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect
DNF Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain - Merida
DNF Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
DNF Ludovic Robeet (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect
DNF Luis Léon Sanchez Gil (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Michael Schär (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNF Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Den) Team Sunweb
DNF Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Albert Timmer (Den) Team Sunweb
DNF Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE ABU Dhabi
DNF Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain - Merida
DNF Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto - Soudal
DNF Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto - Soudal
DNF Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise


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