Friday 2 December 2016

Poels powers to Liege glory

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

Wouter Poels celebrates winning the 102nd Liege-Bastogne-Liege Photo: Getty
Wouter Poels celebrates winning the 102nd Liege-Bastogne-Liege Photo: Getty

Team Sky claimed their first major classic win when Wout Poels prevailed in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day race yesterday, the fourth of five 'Monuments' of the season.

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The Dutchman jumped away from a group of four late attackers with 250 metres to go in a 248km ride from Liege, beating Swiss Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Portuguese former world champion Rui Costa (Lampre) who finished second and third.

Spain's Samuel Sanchez (BMC), the 2008 Olympic champion, took fourth place, while hot favourite Alejandro Valverde, who was gunning for a second consecutive Fleche Wallonne-Liege double, ran out of gas and finish 12 seconds off the pace in 16th.

Organisers were forced to change the course after snowfalls in the Ardennes region blocked some roads.

Ireland's Dan Martin finished 1.56 minutes behind Poels in 47th position.

Irish Independent

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