Martin Wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) has won Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Irishman surged away from Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) to win La Doyenne, a rugged, 261.5-km Monument, in 6:38:07. Rodriguez took second at 0:03, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) pipped Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) for third at 0:09.
by 0:20. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) led the peloton up the climb. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) crashed and misaligned his handlebars, taking one of the Russian squad’s options off of the table. At the summit, Hesjedal led the bunch by 0:08.
Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) attacked from the peloton, and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), Martin, and others joined the Colombian. Valverde, Gilbert, and Nibali formed a chase group that eventually numbered 20 riders. The leaders were now Hesjedal and Martin (both from Garmin-Sharp), Betancur, Scarponi, Rodriguez, and Valverde.
Hesjedal pulled hard for Martin. With one km to go, Rodriguez burst into the lead. Scarponi tried to get to terms with the Spaniard, but could not do so. Martin could, however. He drew level with the Katusha man and powered away from him with 350 m left.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the last major event of the spring classic season. The Tour of Romandy begins this week, and the Giro d’Italia starts on May 4. Many of today’s riders will ride both races. How will they fare? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
Read our recent interview with Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Dan Martin in which he's prophetic regarding Liege-Bastogne-Liege and shares his unique perspective on racing.