Bettini hopeful for Liège

Paolo Bettini (Quickstep-Innergetic)

Paolo Bettini (Quickstep-Innergetic) (Image credit: Sirotti)

World Champion Paolo Bettini (Quick-Step) finished in seventh place in the ProTour race around Valkenburg on Sunday, but was nevertheless very happy about how the race turned out for him. The small Italian took the right decisions at the right times, following the decisive breakaway initiated by the later winner Stefan Schumacher at the top of the Kruisberg, with 23 kilometres to go. But as the Amstel Gold Race served as preparation for Il Grillo's true goal, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Bettini wasn't disappointed that he didn't make it on the podium in Valkenburg.

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