Liege-Bastogne-Liege review: Valverde makes it three

It was robust and smooth, with just a hint of mischief. No, that wasn’t today’s race – that was the wine I was drinking to try to make the afternoon worthwhile. In a race that would give Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne a run for its money in snooze-worthiness, La Doyenne was won by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) from a group sprint, with Etixx-Quick Step’s Julian Alaphilippe and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) completing the podium.  Continue reading

Fleche Wallonne review: Valverde conquers for hat-trick victory

Alejandro Valverde waited until the final 125 metres before unleashing a finishing kick that no one could match to seal a record-equalling third Fleche Wallonne victory in dominant style. Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Albasini completed the podium in a race that will best be remembered for being largely forgettable. Continue reading