Alejandro Valverde: "The most special of my wins in Liège"

interview23.04.2017The race- Liège / Ans

"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 I could go 500 metres from the finish. It was my time, I never doubted even when Albasini jumped in my wheel. I was able to catch Martin, take a breath for five seconds, and then sprint to the finish. Equalling Eddy Merckx here with one more victory is a dream, a hard one, but I'm closer to it than other riders."

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