Tour of Turkey 5: and more Italy with Modolo

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1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:06:19
2 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
3 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
4 Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
5 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast
6 Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7 Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10 Pello Bilbao Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
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1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 19:42:08  
2 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:00:22
3 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:54
4 Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:20
5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:38
6 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:01:39
7 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:01:42
8 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia 0:01:56
9 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:11
10 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:02:12


Tour of Romandie 2: Albasini Stage and Jersey

Mountains today. 70 km to go Belkov and Fumeaux have 4'35" and two climbs left.  45 km to go their advantage is down to 1'54". Team Sky controls. 33 km to go, flat tyre for Chris Froome but he's quickly back to the peloton.
Crash, riders down and beyond a guardrail. OMG!!!! Jesper Hansen is back on bike but gets DOORED by the race doc car!!!! NO WAY!!!!
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Top of the Col de La Vue des Alpes and descent. Thomas is still trying to come back but losing time.
Taaramae gets a gap.
Thomas 1'35" down. 13.3km to go Tony Martin attacks with Costa and Capecchi, they can't go away but powerfully pull the group. Albasini is there and also Froome. Alaphilippe and Uran, Nibali, Caruso, Ulissi, Atapuma, Dennis are all in front.
Rolland tries to excape and Taarame is caught. All together. Sprint: Albasini! stage and jersey!

Michael Albasini:
“I actually was hurting a lot on the second last climb out here in Saint-Imier. But (the final climb) was quite a regular climb. After a really fast first part, the second part was more regular and I could stay in the bunch so I knew I had a good chance in the sprint.
I placed myself well, I always like a little fight going on and I was maybe a little bit too far in the front too early so I was happy the guys from Garmin came around me and I could jump on them.
Still I had to do a long long sprint so I was happy to keep (the lead).
It was disappointing yesterday so I am super happy that we can have the first win today. It makes it a little bit better for the 0.63 of a second we lost yesterday.”
Last year was the first time I won a stage at Tour of Romandie and I thought winning three, I am fine for the next two years. But I am happy to win again, it’s my first win this season so it’s great and especially to win in Switzerland, it’s always nice.”

Riccardo Zoidl:
“I was feeling good today and at the beginning of the last climb there were some attacks and I thought that with the big guys watching each other I could maybe take an opportunity. Maybe that cost me a little because with 500 meters to go to the top I had to go really, really deep to stay with the group.”

1 Michael ALBASINI SUI OGE 35 4:21:43
2 Jarlinson PANTANO COL IAM 27 +0
4 Nathan HAAS AUS TCG 26 +0
5 Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA POR LAM 29 +0
6 Damiano CARUSO ITA BMC 28 +0
7 Ilnur ZAKARIN RUS KAT 26 +0
1 Michael ALBASINI Switzerland OGE 35 4:42:52
2 Ivan SANTAROMITA Italy OGE 31 +10
3 Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY 30 +10
4 Simon YATES Great Britain OGE 23 +10
5 Ilnur ZAKARIN Russia KAT 26 +15
6 Pavel KOCHETKOV Russia KAT 29 +15
7 Egor SILIN Russia KAT 27 +15
8 Yury TROFIMOV Russia KAT 31 +15

Tour of Turkey 4: Greipel (and a lot of Italy!)

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1. Andre Greipel
2. Daniele Colli
3. Daniele Ratto
4. Magnus Cort Nielsen
5. Manuel Belletti
6. Roberto Ferrari
7. Carlos  Barbero Cuesta
8. Kristian Sbaragli
9. Daniele Bennati
10. Ahmet Orken


Tour of Romandie 1: YEAH! Geraint Thomas!

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Geraint Tomas:
"It's nice to be on the other side for a change. We usually come second by a narrow margin so it was great to get the win today.
The team time trial is something the team wants to target a bit more. We've always been up there but we've never really had much focus on it. We're looking to keep improving in that area so it's great to win.
We wanted to go as fast as possible and do the best ride to try and win the stage, for us all, not just to get the yellow. It's great for morale and to come away with the win is really nice."

1 Team Sky 0:21:19
2 Orica GreenEdge
3 Team Katusha 0:00:05
4 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:14
5 Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
6 BMC Racing Team 0:00:19
7 FDJ.fr 0:00:22
8 IAM Cycling 0:00:24
9 Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:40
10 Movistar Team
11 Lampre-Merida 0:00:41
12 Trek Factory Racing 0:00:42
13 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:50
14 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:55
15 Team LottoNL-Jumbo
16 Team Europcar 0:01:07
17 Lotto Soudal 0:01:12
18 AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:22
1 Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Team Sky 0:21:00
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
3 Ian Stannard (Gbr) Team Sky
4 Luke Rowe (Gbr) Team Sky
5 Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky
6 Peter Kennaugh (Gbr) Team Sky
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge
8 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge
9 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge
10 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge
11 Simon Yates (Gbr) Orica Greenedge
12 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:05
13 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
14 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha
15 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
16 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha
17 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
18 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:14
19 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
20 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step

Tour of Turkey 3: Nobody won

Embedded image permalinkIn case Durasek. The sport has lost for sure as well as in all the races where a doper takes the start and moreover where a doper finishes first. It's time to say ENOUGH.

1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
2 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:00:07  
3 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:50  
4 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:20  
5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:23
1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 12:13:41  
2 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:00:07
3 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:50
4 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:20
5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:23
6 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:29
7 Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:01:32
8 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare 0:01:42
9 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia 0:01:46
10 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:01:57

Cyclocross: Tom Meeusen Cleared To Race

Embedded image permalinkThere is an article here.
In Short:
The Belgian Federation finally decided: no bann for Tom Meeusen. The rider wasn't present this time but he tweeted from Mallorca:
"Whoehoew! After nearly three years, as I have always said .. DOPING FREE !! So happy."
According to the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Federation there are "insufficient evidence" of doping. Meeusen risked a two years and a fine of 28,500 euros. According to the Federal Attorney Meeusen had abused of the drug Vaminolact, but the rider replied that he used small amounts of it to treat stomach and intestinal problems. 
No sentence for Greg Van Avermaet and Bart Wellens yet, accused of suspect frequentations with a doctor un-famous for 'ozone therapy'.


Tour of Turkey 2: CAV CAV

Mark Cavendish:
"At a corner with about 5 kilometers to go my wheel went from me and I thought to myself 'that's not good' as I lost my balance. The wheel was spongy. It wasn't totally flat but it was a slow leaking puncture. I thought about stopping to get a new wheel, but we were already on our third guy of the train. If I stopped, we were one man short for Mark Renshaw. So I thought I'd give it a crack. I went easy for the final corners. I had confidence in my teammates. If they kept me in the front on the corners I'd be OK, and they did just that. They were really strong today and I was super impressed. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck rode on the front for the second straight day. These Belgian guys are super strong. Iljo Keisse and Nikolas Maes, they did a great job establishing the leadout. Then Fabio Sabatini went, and did a massive turn for more than a kilometer. He got us into the last corner, and then Tom Boonen went. Riders came from behind, but Mark Renshaw was able to find space. He had to go long and then I had to go long after him. But I'm super happy with what the team did today. I have to give a lot of credit to Mark Renshaw because he also punctured today with less than 20 kilometers to go. So he did a great job today considering the energy he used going into the leadout. As for me, I feel like I am about the same condition as I was this time last year. After a month without racing you can be sure you've got good form, but you can never know exactly where you're at. I knew yesterday before I even won that I was feeling good. I took an easy week after Gent-Wevelgem and then reset. Fabio Sabatini and I did some training in the last few weeks. So we were ready for this race. The whole team has shown we're focused and ready to win at Tour of Turkey."

Nicola Ruffoni:
”With some corners and roundabouts the last 5km weren’t easy and it was hard to follow Cavendish’s train on the road. When we arrived under the flamme rouge I was in a really good position just behind Cavendish. With 100 meters to go I tried to jumped out from his wheel but he was too fast, showing to be the strongest today too. Anyway it’s a new important podium. Now we look ahead and wait new opportunity in the coming days”. 

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 4:21:32
2 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4 Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia
5 Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
6 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
7 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
8 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
9 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
10 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 7:39:30
2 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
5 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
7 Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia
8 Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
9 Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
10 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal


Tour of Turkey 1: CAV

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Mark Cavendish:
"I won this stage as well last year. We talked about the competition at the team meeting and we recognized that there are a lot of big sprinters at the race this year.  So we know it would be chaotic, and it really was in the last kilometers. But Mark Renshaw kind of rounded the troops and they did incredible. Tom Boonen came back to racing from his injury today, and Mark had to actually tell him to go easy when he first went. He was riding that strong. In the sprint I looked behind me, and then I ran up on Mark, so I built up my speed for the jump. When I went I was happy about it. It was nice to finish the job of the guys after what they did today. The guys did great, guys like Guillaume Van Keirsbulck who was on the front all day. As for me, this is also my first race back after taking some time off. I got sick in South Africa and had to stop and get over the virus. Just to stop and reset everything and to now get going again, it is quite nice. I don't think I'm in as good of condition as I could have been without the interruption, but I am definitely happy where I am and also with the strong team of Etixx - Quick-Step. We'll keep going and try to win more at this race."

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 3:17:58
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5 Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka
6 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
7 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
8 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
9 Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
10 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling

Liège: Decided in Liège

At the start
It's such a beautiful city, Liège! so beautiful in spring - tender small leaves like soft green clouds on the boulevards' trees... 
I have been  there twice: in 2010 and in 2011, always for the race and always to the finish. 
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The break-away
The first time I had the chance to travel with the Schleck's Fan Club and watch the peloton passing also in Houffalize, one of the most iconic place in the race. The second time it was Easter and I woke up very early in a village by the other side of Belgium to get there.
Nice memories. And since that I decided that maybe I could go watching something else given that Andy Schleck didn't seem on his way back to a decent level. Sadly, I was right.. Still Liège remains one of the most fascinating event on the cycling calendar and I'm not going to miss it, at least on tv.
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Still the break
Finish and start are in the city but the most of the race goes through the beautiful country, the yellow and green pastures dotted of white cows and stunning pink blooming trees., and of course the Forest. 
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Rain at the finish 
Once the Côte de La Redoute was the climb where the decisive attack uses to come, then the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons changed the route and the game - Andy attacked here in his masterpiece victory - but recently things went in a different way, less predictable and it's a battle to start in front every climb. 
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The peloton
After 79km there is the Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne (2.8km at 6.2%), 125.5km - Côte de Saint-Roch (1 km at 11.2%), 169km - Côte de Wanne (2.7 km at 7.4%), 175.5km - Côte de Stockeu (1km at 12.5%), 181.5km - Côte de la Haute-Levée (3.6 km at 5.6%), 194km - Col du Rosier (4.4 km at 5.9%). 207km - Col du Maquisard (2.5 km at 5%), 218.5km - Côte de La Redoute (2 km at 8.9%), 234km - Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (1.5 km at 9.4%), finally after 248km the last one: Côte de Saint-Nicolas (1.2 km at 8.6%).
It's a long race, very very long so it's normal that riders try to break-away from the start: to show the jersey, to test themselves, to allow their team leader to stay on the wheels. 
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The break again
It isn't easy to get in the break. The pace is very high, about 45 km/h. When the peloton will let the right group go... the pace will set on a more confortable speed, but a Classic is always a fast, nervous, risky race and gaps are seldom large.
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In the bunch
Today it took  to the break 40 km to form, now 8 riders have got gap: 45'' quickly rising to 4'. They are: Minard, Ulissi, Vergaerde, Chevrier, Montaguti, Turgis, Benedetti and QuaadeReinier Honig (Bora-Argon 18) got off the peloton and is chasing solo at 1'40''. This group includes some strong riders: I'm surprised that the peloton let them go. Even if ok... they have more than 200 km ahead! 
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Up the Côte 
After 73 km the break-away has 6'05" on the peloton. Vergaerde tops first the Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne while Honig gives up and is back in the peloton. The gap is down to 4'45''.
At the finish is raining, noy yet on the race. Ben Herman abandons.
Embedded image permalinkCôte de Saint-Roch: the gap is about 3'45'' and keeps decreasing. Only 1'35'' heading to the Côte de Wanne: 2.7 km, 7.4% average. Vergaerde, Quaade and Chevrier get dropped and caught. Team Astana goes in front and leads the chase. Descent: the gap is under 1'.
Côte de Stockeu with 12.5% average. 77,5km to go. Grivko attacks. Izagirre follows and they join the break. But a larger group formed from the peloton and manages to join the front. The race exploded! 
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Chavez gets off the bunch
Tanel Kangert (Astana) accelerates out of the leading group near the top of the Haute-Levée. Julian Arredondo (Trek) and  Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) join, then also Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Michele Scarponi (Astana): a new break-away formed.
Tim Wellens had a puncture but now he's back. It seems that tv in the Lotto Soudal teamcar broken and Wellens received a wheel from Vervaeke...
Embedded image permalinkCol du Rosier: 4.4 km long and an average gradient of 5.9%. Arredondo and Boaro get dropped..
Col du Maquisard: 2.5 km long, 5% average gradient. Arredondo and Boaro get caught. 46 km to go Chaves, Scarponi and Kangert have 49”.

Dominik Nerz (Bora-Argon 18) and Rafa Valls (Lampe-Merida) crashed at the back of the bunch but they are back on bike. 
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Scarponi, Kangert and Chavez in front
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Huge crash
Huge crash in the peloton, many went straight into the grass. Dan Martin, Simon Gerrans, Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin, F Schleck, Arashiro.... Nibali had to stop but didn't crash. Gerrans fell again and retires. A decimated peloton is approaching Côte de La Redoute (2 km at 8.9%). Kangert gets caught. Nibali is back to the front. Nobody attack. 
34 km to go Sioutso gains some meters in the descent but goes nowhere. At the finish it's raining hard. 
25 km to go the break-away is over.
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Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons: 1.5 km long with an average gradient of 9.4%. Kreuziger attacks, Caruso follows. Astana leads the chase. Others try to bridge, the first one is Fuglsang. Done! Three riders in front.
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Hard rain at the finish
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Sioutsou gains some meters
The chase group includes Alaphilipe, Bardet, Costa, Moreno and Visconti. Nibali gets off the bucnh, Mollema follows, then Gasparotto. Caught

Thomas Voeckler attacks, Philippe Gilbert reacts. But the peloton doesn't let them go. Caruso, Fuglsang and Kreuziger have got a slight 21'' 15 km to go.
Rain on the race. Côte de Saint-Nicolas: 1.2 km, 8.6% average. Break over but not dropped.
5 km to go Bardet attacks, Caruso on his wheel and  Valverde chases him down. Nibali tries: no way. He gets sightly dropped.
15 riders left at the front. Caruso sets the pace. Nibali bridges. Moreno attacks at the last km. Valverde responds, Purito on his wheel. Moreno caught. It's a small group sprint and Valverde wins. Second again a furious Alaphilippe, 3rd Purito Rodriguez.

Alejandro Valverde:
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Kreuziger attacks
"These last few years, I've gained in strength and confidence. When you're calm and confident, it makes things easier. I think my win is also due to that. Moreno's attack was tough. Afer a fast and long race it was difficult to react but I knew he would struggle. Everyone was expecting me to go for it as the race favourite. I wanted to keep energy but I had to go for it. I managed to catch him and kept enough strength for the final sprint.
All three wins were great. To win Liege is phenomenal. But maybe today's win is even more special based on my week: finishing 2nd at the Amstel and first at the Fleche and Liège. It means a lot. It's a monument of cycling. To win here three times, is like entering cycling history.
What mainly changes is the appearance of new generations of riders. In 2006, I was fighting against guys like Cunego, Bettini or Andy Schleck. Now there's a a new generation with guys like Alaphilippe. He looks very strong and has a promising future. A rider like Joaquim Rodriguez however is still around."
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The leading trio

Julian Alaphilippe:
"I would have prefered to win but I'm happy with my condition and happy to be able to fight for the win in my first participation here.
I crashed 30kms from the finish and had to stop to repair my rear wheel. I came back in La Redoute and tried to recover. I also had to do my job to catch the attacks. Today Kwiatkowski wasn't at his best so it was up to me to be present in the final. We were all exhausted. I hung on and did my best. In the last kilometre I was probably too far behind. Everyone was checking Valverde and when he took off, I had to make a big effort to  catch him. But after the final bend after closing the gap I couldn't do much. Valverde was just stronger.
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Getting in Liège
Experience is very important on these races. But I was happy to finish alongside guys like Rodriguez or Valverde. It motivates me. After Fleche, I prerared well despite the joy and the many media demands. But we worked exetremely well as a team. Honestly today, I couldn't do more. Maybe I would have needed to postion myself in a better way.
I'm very happy with the shape. I prepared for these races. I see that work pays off and that's a big satisfaction. It's a real pleasure to do well on big races like these ones. It shows that I can still improve and that I still have a lot of work to do to one day win. I like to win in all I do. When I start I try to win. I can't be satisfied with second spot. So it is frustrating. My life hasn't changed. I want to continue to work for the team. Michal was the leader here and he still is. I had to work for him. I adapted to the situation and am happy to do what the team asks me. Maybe in the future I'll have a leader's role."

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Moreno attacks
Joaquim Rodríguez:
"Tan cerca pero tan lejos!!! Gran @katushacycling en esta @LiegeBastogneL con un Valverde intratable,nos intentamos reinventar pero nada!!"
"On such a sprint, it's almost impossible to beat Valverde. Added to that, he managed a very smart race today. He
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took us exactly where he wanted us to be, to be sure he could attack at the good moment. When I saw that Moreno took off, I thought that he would have the legs to go on and win, but he was finally caught by Valverde and we found ourselves in the same situation. I'm very disappointed today. For me, the bottle is totally empty because I was feeling really strong before the race.
It's the race that I like the most and once again I miss out on a fantastic opportunity."

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‏"Just not my day today, actually hasn't really been my season so far. Still plenty of racing to come. Hats off to @alejanvalverde #LBL"

Bauke Mollema:
“I think everything changed with the big crash with 40k to go, more or less. We lost Bob [Jungels] and Fränk [Schleck] to that. I was further back and I could brake in time to avoid it, Fabio [Felline] too. But we had to spend a lot of energy to come back because we had to close a gap of about 30 seconds on the Redoute. I came back to the front, but from the point on I was alone. I tried. I tried what I could, but in the end the legs were not good enough.
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The winner
Time for a rest next week and to recover well from this, I hope. The week did not go as we hoped, but now time to recover and train hard for the next goals. Time to keep looking forward.”

Frank Schleck:
“I don’t really know how the crash happened; for 99% of all crashes it’s not normally your own fault, and this was the same. They all went down in front of me, it was a big crash, and I think Bauke and Felline did not go down but had to stop. Bob and myself crashed, and at this stage of the race it was finished for us. All the guys who crashed did not make it back to the front as far as I know.
I hope everything is okay after the crash. I have some knee pain but hopefully tomorrow it will be good, and next week I have a little break so that will help. It was not a super week for the team, but we have to keep our heads high and keep fighting.”

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“Sixth is a good result but we hoped for a podium and with 30 metres to go I still hoped for the podium but the legs cried and I couldn’t do much in the sprint. It was an offensive final and I’m pretty happy for my first classic of the year. I’m increasing year after year and it’s good each year to have a good result here. So after all I’m happy with how the race went and with the result today.
We did a first move on Roche-aux-Faucons with Alaphilippe to try and join Kreuziger and the guys on the front but the other teams didn’t want to collaborate with us. Then on the rainy final, I hoped to go alone to Ans but there was still three Katusha riders and it was hard to escape. On a finish like this, I’m not as explosive as riders like Valverde.
I’m on the rollers right now with the head already in Romandie. I was not happy with the start of the season. I wanted to perform at the start of the season, but I crashed. Then I went to a training camp to focus on my main objective of Liège so it’s good to finally have a good result."

Moreno Hofland:
"Liege done, tried to be in the break but didn't work out. Now focus on the races that should be better for me!"

Louis Meintjes:
"I had pretty good legs and I was happy to have made it into the front group in the final. On the final climb my objective was really to just try and follow the best riders. Liege-Bastogne-Liege was one of my goal races this year so I am really glad that I was able to get some sort of a result today." 

Team Sky DS Gabrial Rasch:
“Obviously, you always try to win, but I think having two riders in the top 12 after the way the race panned out was pretty good.
All the guys did a good job. Kiry and Kosta were really strong, and Nico would have definitely been there at the end if he hadn’t have crashed. He’s fine actually - he went down pretty hard but thankfully was more dazed than injured.   
Once that had worn off he was OK, and that’s a big relief because we’d feared the worst when we saw him lying on the ground. He took a bang to the head and also to his shoulder, but nothing’s broken. As always, we’ll keep an eye on him but there’s no long-term worries.
It was unfortunate Lars Petter got stuck behind that crash, because the energy it took him to get back in the peloton meant he came up a bit short at the end. He was a little disappointed with that because he felt he could have given it a good go. All-in-all though, we’re happy and we’re in good shape heading into the next block of races.”

 Wilco Kelderman:
“It went wrong for me after the big crash. I was caught up behind the fallen riders together with Laurens ten Dam. On La Redoute I was able to rejoin the first group, but that cost me a lot of energy. I forgot to take a bottle, which triggered cramps in the final. At that point, it was over for me.
It’s very unfortunate, especially since things went better and better after the Brabantse Pijl. I’m not satisfied. Of course, I’d hoped to be in the front.”

Domenico Pozzovivo:
"With a sprint in the rain it was difficult to achieve a better result. It’s my second participation in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and my second top 10. It helps me to be confident for the Giro."

Nicholas Roche:
"Many thanks for all support. I was very lucky today, ( in a way) .. Heading to romandie now,  bit stiff tomorrow for shure, but will be fine"


1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 6:14:20
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
4 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
10 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha
11 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:10
12 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:24
14 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
15 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
16 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
17 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:32
18 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:44
19 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:52
20 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:58
21 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
22 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:04
23 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18
24 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:06
25 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
26 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka
27 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
28 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
29 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
30 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
31 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:10
32 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
33 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
34 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
35 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:30
36 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:41
37 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
38 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:02:03
39 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:41
40 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:49
41 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:37
42 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04:44
43 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:05:02
44 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:05:31
45 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Roompot 0:06:05
46 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
47 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
48 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
49 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team Roompot
50 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
51 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
52 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
53 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
54 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
55 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
56 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
57 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
58 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
59 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr
60 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
61 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
62 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:06:22
63 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:08:09
64 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:08:18
65 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida
66 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
67 Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team
68 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge
69 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
70 José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:22
71 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team
72 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:09:32
73 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
74 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida
75 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
76 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
77 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
78 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr
79 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
80 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
81 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
82 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
83 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
84 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
85 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:10:16
86 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team Roompot
87 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
88 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
89 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Team Roompot
90 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:11:28
91 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:11:39
92 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:12:02
93 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:13:04
94 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:15:04
95 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:16:43
96 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
97 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
98 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
99 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar
100 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
DNF Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
DNF Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge
DNF Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
DNF Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team
DNF Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
DNF Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha
DNF Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-Merida
DNF Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky
DNF Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
DNF Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
DNF Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
DNF Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
DNF Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
DNF Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
DNF Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
DNF Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
DNF Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNF Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
DNF Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNF Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNF David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling
DNF Larry Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling
DNF Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr
DNF Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
DNF Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
DNF Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
DNF Marc De Maar (Ned) Team Roompot
DNF Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Roompot
DNF Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Team Roompot
DNF Jesper Asselman (Ned) Team Roompot
DNF Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling