Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2017: Valverde makes it four, van der Breggen makes a clean sweep

On a day tinged with grief, Alejandro Valverde engaged full stealth mode to claim his fourth Liege-Bastogne-Liege title to add to the fifth Fleche Wallonne he claimed five days ago. With calculated coolness, the Spaniard timed his attack on the stinger of an uphill finish into Ans to perfection (again). Stalking down a mighty attack by Dan Martin who must be wondering when his time will EVER come again, Michal Kwiatkowski rounded out the podium. History was made as Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen claimed the first-ever LBL women’s race and made a clean sweep of this year’s Ardennes classics.
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Michele Scarponi: 1979-2017

The cycling world awoke to the tragic news that Michele Scarponi of Astana lost his life in a traffic accident while out training this morning. Just days ago he claimed a superb victory at the Tour of the Alps, and last night he returned to his family before leading the team at the forthcoming Giro.

Riders, teams, fans – as a cycling family we celebrate together, we commiserate together and we mourn as one. There really are no words, all our thoughts go out to his family, his friends and his teammates.

So much joie de vivre and laughter… Ciao Michele

Header Image: Michele Scarponi in the leader’s jersey at the Tour of the Alps. ©Pierre Teyssot/Action Plus via Getty Images)