Saturday 7 December 2019

Irish rider Daniel Martin suffers heart-breaking fall in Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic

Ireland's Daniel Martin crosses the finish line after he crashed meters before the finish line at the 100th edition of the Belgian cycling classic and UCI World Tour race Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Ireland's Daniel Martin crosses the finish line after he crashed meters before the finish line at the 100th edition of the Belgian cycling classic and UCI World Tour race Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Ciaran Lennon

Defending champion Daniel Martin saw his chances of winning the 100th edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic go up in smoke as he crashed on the final corner while in the perfect position to strike for victory.

The Irish Garmin-Sharp rider suffered the heart-breaking fall just as he moved into second position with 300m to go and was forced to watch as Australia’s Simon Gerrans took the spoils in a drawn-out sprint ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski.

Martin had high hopes of repeating last year’s success in Belgium and had showed good form after finishing second in  Fléche Wallone last Wednesday

“I think the phrase rhymes with ‘Clucking Bell'” he tweeted after the race. “Winning with these guys is great. How they make me laugh despite losing is even better. Thanks for a great week guys”

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