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Stage summary23.04.2017

Valverde, king in the Ardennes

Four days after winning his fifth Flèche wallonne, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) dominated Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the fourth time in his career Sunday, equalling Moreno Argentin's tally, only one shy of Eddy Merckx's record. El Imbatido, once again winner ahead of Dan Martin, couldn't contain his emotions on a day that began with a tribute to the late Michele Scarponi. For Valverde, this a third double Flèche-Liège after 2006 and 2015.

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"The prizes from this victory go to Michele Scarponi's family. This is the most special of my four wins on Liège-Bastogne-Liège, due to the circumstances. I'm sure that from above Michele gave me a push to go for this win. We worked a lot with the team from kilometre 0 before getting the win with a strong attack in the final. It's a race for the books of history after a perfect week. I think we were all at the limit in the end. Martin went very strong, I calculated my distance and decided...

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"We did a great race and we were beaten by someone better. On Wednesday, I was not happy with myself because I thought I mage a mistake but today very I'm very happy with the way I rode, and the team too. They rode out of their skin for me. I went for a strong attack in the finale. I waited for the moment Alejandro (Valverde) was a bit boxed in. I thought I'd catch him by surprise. I gave my all. Once he came past me, I just hoped there was nobody else coming. Of course it would be better...

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"The pace of the bunch was so high everybody was struggling even in the wheels. We took control near Bastogne to try and help Movistar chase the breakaway. In the last 100 km, everybody was making the race harder and we tried to adapt to that. In the final, it would be nice to sit in Alejandro (Valverde)'s wheel or Dan Martin but I was too far back for sure. I was thinking I had  enough legs to jump in anyone's wheel. I felt comfortable in Saint-Nicolas, it seemed that I had everything...

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