Kwiatkowski tips Valverde as the big favourite for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

The pre-race mind games have begun with the Liège-Bastogne-Liège favourites trying to deflect the pressure onto one of their rivals. Despite having won Amstel Gold, seen as a mini-Liège, Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) believes that Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde goes into this Sunday’s race with the competitive edge.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.