Valverde Takes La Fleche Wallonne
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has won La Fleche Wallonne for the second time.
didn't want to get myself boxed in. I had to get in very, very good position into the final climb. When you're feeling great, you have to start climbs up front to avoid any misfortune. You can get boxed in, you have to break, you take bigger efforts, and you don't win. I was looking for Dani [Moreno], Purito [Rodriguez], Gilbert, Kwiatkowski, Daniel Martin ... there were many candidates. I was next to the barriers with 300 ms to go and couldn't get past, but as soon as I saw a gap, I followed it. I jumped away and managed to make a gap and raise my arms at the finish. Surprised? Maybe a bit, but in such steep climbs, when I feel strong, I manage to keep some extra energy and profit from it there.
"The team was superb, always there almost until the finish. Everyone fulfilled the task they were supposed to, something I'm really grateful about. Even though I say it all the time, you don't win if you haven't got a strong team. Feeling yourself well protected and seeing them taking their hearts out for you--it's really important. Now we get to Liège calmer, not relaxed at all, but with less pressure. It's a race I like, my favourite of the three, where I already won. We'll go for it. We can win or lose, but should things go right, we will be in the thick of things."
On Sunday, Valverde will be at Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2014. So will Martin, Gilbert, Kwiatkowski, Rodriguez, and Nibali. Will one of these men win? Will a dark horse take the victory? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!