April 23, 2017, Liège, Liege, Road - WorldTour

The Ardennes Classics came to a close in 2017 with the familiar finale of Alejandro Valverde claiming the victory. The Movistar rider enjoyed his fourth career win at the Belgian race ahead of Dan Martin (QuickStep-Floors) with Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) rounding out the podium. Pre-race Valverde promised to dedicate his victory and winning to Michele Scarponi and his family and remained true to his word.

There was a sombre start to Liege in 2017 as the peloton paid tribute to Scarponi with the majority of riders wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to the Italian.

"This win is for Michele Scarponi. He was a good friend of mine," Valverde said, fighting back the tears. "It hurts to think he's gone, I'll miss him. I'll give all my prize money from this victory to his family. This win is also dedicated to him."

Valverde's win continues his successful season that has included La Flèche Wallonne, Vuelta a Murcia, Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta al Pais Vasco wins.

2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège top-ten

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team6:24:27 
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors  
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:03 
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb  
5Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott  
8Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:07 
9Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac  
10Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  

2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège2014 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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