Gerrans Wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) has won the second Monument of his career.
up the escapees, and Gerrans jumped into the lead to win.
The race did not develop as Gerrans expected it to. “I wasn’t expecting to see such a big group come to the finish together,” said Gerrans. “I thought the peloton would break more than it did. In fact, the hard final meant that everyone was a little more tired coming into the finish and no one had the legs to break away. My card was to wait and follow as best as I could and to try to finish it off with a small group sprint.”
For his part, Martin, the man who might have been a fall away from victory, was disappointed but grateful to his teammates. “ The team rode a beautiful race today,” he said. “We did everything right, and they gave everything for me all day. I hit a patch of something on the road, I don't know exactly what happened--it was like falling out of a tree --and down I went. Before I knew it, it was over. I think there were tears in my eyes before I hit the floor. I'm just so sorry. I know in my heart we did everything we could have to get me where I needed to be. I'm heartbroken I couldn't deliver the win for the team, but I'm proud of how they rode for me and of Tom finishing 6th. We'll just have to come back next year and try again.”
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