Queen stage at Abu Dhabi and the start of the cobbled season (hallelujah and ring those cowbells)
On a day when the weather Gods threw everything but the kitchen sink at the peloton, it was Sky’s Woet Poels who raised his weary arms aloft for a FINE victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Dutchman followed the winning move on the cobbled Cote de Naniot that saw four riders break clear, and had enough strength to hold off Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEDGE) in the last metres. A battling Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) claimed third place. Who would have guessed at the beginning of the year that Wout Poels would take Team Sky’s first Monument win? #Chapeau
Dan Martin timed his winning attack to perfection, coming like a speeding train from the back of the leading riders with 450 metres to go and catching them unaware to take a well-deserved victory without a panda in sight, as he did at Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year. The seemingly eternal bridesmaid Alejandro Valverde was second and former world champion Rui Costa finished third.