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Valverde wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) leads the break

Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) leads the break (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is the Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is the Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner
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The sprint to the finish line...

The sprint to the finish line... (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rory Sutherland (Movistar)

Rory Sutherland (Movistar) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin)

Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin)

Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bauke Mollema (Trek)

Bauke Mollema (Trek) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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David Tanner (IAM Cycling)

David Tanner (IAM Cycling) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin)

Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) after crossing the line

Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) after crossing the line (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling)

Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Zdeněk Štybar (Etixx-QuickStep)

Zdeněk Štybar (Etixx-QuickStep) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty Groupe Gobert)

Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty Groupe Gobert) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) after finishing fourth

Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) after finishing fourth (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis)

Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek)

Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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A smiling Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) on the starline

A smiling Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) on the starline (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Fränk Schleck (Trek) had his day ended by a crash

Fränk Schleck (Trek) had his day ended by a crash (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nico Roche (Team Sky) before the crash that saw him record a DNF

Nico Roche (Team Sky) before the crash that saw him record a DNF (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton passing a field of flowers

The peloton passing a field of flowers (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sammy Sánchez (BMC) with his wife and children before the start of the race

Sammy Sánchez (BMC) with his wife and children before the start of the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sammy Sánchez (BMC)

Sammy Sánchez (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quick Step)

Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step)

Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will need some help eating all that jamon

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will need some help eating all that jamon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde with his son Pedro on the start line

Alejandro Valverde with his son Pedro on the start line (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dylan Teuns (BMC) crosses the line

Dylan Teuns (BMC) crosses the line (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) about to raise his arms in triumph as Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) curses his second place

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) about to raise his arms in triumph as Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) curses his second place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde with his son after winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège for a third time

Alejandro Valverde with his son after winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège for a third time (Image credit: ASO)
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Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) checks on Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha)

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) checks on Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) (Image credit: ASO)
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) had plenty of fans out today

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) had plenty of fans out today (Image credit: ASO)
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There was lots of support from the fans in Liege to start the race

There was lots of support from the fans in Liege to start the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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There were no collapsing inflatable arches today

There were no collapsing inflatable arches today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The pace was high but there was time for a nature break

The pace was high but there was time for a nature break (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Esteban Chaves and Carlos Betancur enjoy a chat mid-nature break

Esteban Chaves and Carlos Betancur enjoy a chat mid-nature break (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A nice colourful photograph of the race

A nice colourful photograph of the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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An Ag2r-La Mondiale soigneur on bidon duty

An Ag2r-La Mondiale soigneur on bidon duty (Image credit: ASO)
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The calm before the storm on the Côte de Saint Roch

The calm before the storm on the Côte de Saint Roch (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton

The peloton (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michele Scarponi (Astana) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)

Michele Scarponi (Astana) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The riders at the the base of the Côte de Saint Roch

The riders at the the base of the Côte de Saint Roch (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The colour of the Côte de Saint Roch

The colour of the Côte de Saint Roch (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton heading up the Côte de Saint Roch

The peloton heading up the Côte de Saint Roch (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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There was support for the world champion on the Côte de Saint Roch today

There was support for the world champion on the Côte de Saint Roch today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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There were all kinds of flags at the Côte de Saint Roch today

There were all kinds of flags at the Côte de Saint Roch today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Some Andy Schleck fans on the Côte de Saint Roch with their flags

Some Andy Schleck fans on the Côte de Saint Roch with their flags (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fans pack the Côte de Saint Roch

Fans pack the Côte de Saint Roch (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Zdeněk Štybar (Etixx-Quick Step)

Zdeněk Štybar (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) sans tongue

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) sans tongue (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha)

Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Angelo Tulik (Europcar)

Angelo Tulik (Europcar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Perrig Quéméneur (Europcar)

Perrig Quéméneur (Europcar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Otto Vergaerde (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) in the break

Otto Vergaerde (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) in the break (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Otto Vergaerde (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

Otto Vergaerde (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Clément Chevrier (IAM Cycling) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) lead the early break

Clément Chevrier (IAM Cycling) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) lead the early break (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne

The Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Europcar all over the front of the race at the Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne

Europcar all over the front of the race at the Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Pierre Rolland (Eurpcar)

Pierre Rolland (Eurpcar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton's pace starts to up

The peloton's pace starts to up (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Out on the open road

Out on the open road (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The iconic Côte de Saint Roch was once again a key feature in the race

The iconic Côte de Saint Roch was once again a key feature in the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Some colour in the forest

Some colour in the forest (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Plenty of fans on the Côte de Stockeu for the race today

Plenty of fans on the Côte de Stockeu for the race today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton in the early-morning sun

The peloton in the early-morning sun (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton making its way up the Côte de Stockeu

The peloton making its way up the Côte de Stockeu (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The peloton on the Côte de Stockeu

The peloton on the Côte de Stockeu (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Marc de Maar (Team Roompot)

Marc de Maar (Team Roompot) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge)

Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Dani Moreno (Katusha)

Dani Moreno (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nathan Haas (Cannndale-Garmin)

Nathan Haas (Cannndale-Garmin) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michał Gołaś (Etixx-Quick Step)

Michał Gołaś (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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David Tanner (IAM Cycling)

David Tanner (IAM Cycling) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bryan Nauleau (Europcar)

Bryan Nauleau (Europcar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Last minute start line interviews for Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Last minute start line interviews for Philippe Gilbert (BMC) (Image credit: ASO)
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Dmitry Kozonchuk (Katusha) feeling the pain

Dmitry Kozonchuk (Katusha) feeling the pain (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Nathan Earle (Team Sky) with bandages from last week's Amstel Gold Race

Nathan Earle (Team Sky) with bandages from last week's Amstel Gold Race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Danish champion Michael Valgren (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Danish champion Michael Valgren (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)

Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rory Sutherland (Movistar)

Rory Sutherland (Movistar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling)

Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Estaban Chaves in the middle of an Michele Scarponi and Tanel Kangert Astana sandwich

Estaban Chaves in the middle of an Michele Scarponi and Tanel Kangert Astana sandwich (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC with Dylan Teuns controlling the pace

BMC with Dylan Teuns controlling the pace (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) stretches his legs just a little early in the race

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) stretches his legs just a little early in the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step)

Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michele Scarponi (Astana)

Michele Scarponi (Astana) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Team Sky)

Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Team Sky) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rafał Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Rafał Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Robert Kišerlovski (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the inside of Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka)

Robert Kišerlovski (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the inside of Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

Brent Bookwalter (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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José Herrada (Movistar)

José Herrada (Movistar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wilco Kelderman (Lotto Jumbo)

Wilco Kelderman (Lotto Jumbo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin)

Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky)

Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Laurens ten Dam (Lotto Jumbo)

Laurens ten Dam (Lotto Jumbo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabio Felline (Trek)

Fabio Felline (Trek) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Petr Vakoč and Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quick Step)

Petr Vakoč and Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A grimacing Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen)

A grimacing Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) gets out of the saddle

Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) gets out of the saddle (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sergey Lagutin (Katusha)

Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)

Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha spent a lot of the race on the front today

Katusha spent a lot of the race on the front today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) with Michele Scarponi (Astana)

Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) with Michele Scarponi (Astana) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and Michele Scarponi (Astana)

Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) and Michele Scarponi (Astana) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michele Scarponi (Astana) with Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)

Michele Scarponi (Astana) with Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) finishes in 11th place after an impressive ride

Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) finishes in 11th place after an impressive ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished in 13th place

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) finished in 13th place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) and Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) cross the line together

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) and Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) cross the line together (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) crosses the line just ahead of world champion Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step)

Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) crosses the line just ahead of world champion Michał Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) crosses the line in 22nd place

Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) crosses the line in 22nd place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) relax before the start of the race

Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) relax before the start of the race (Image credit: ASO)
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A concentrated look from Julien Vermote (Etixx-Quick Step)

A concentrated look from Julien Vermote (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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On the start line of the 2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

On the start line of the 2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: ASO)
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The peloton racing through Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The peloton racing through Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins in Ans

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins in Ans (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha attacks

Katusha attacks (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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World champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep)

World champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Valverde leading the peloton

Valverde leading the peloton (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC Racing Team

BMC Racing Team (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Astana riders in a small group

Astana riders in a small group (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha

Katusha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The field together at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The field together at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Racing Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Racing Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Riders race at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Riders race at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The field at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The field at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) celebrates his win

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) celebrates his win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) tops the Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) tops the Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alaphilippe, Valverde and Rodriguez on the podium

Alaphilippe, Valverde and Rodriguez on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium

Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) kisses the winner's trophy

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) kisses the winner's trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) receives the winner's trophy

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) receives the winner's trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) leads the group

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) leads the group
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The peloton climb a step ascent

The peloton climb a step ascent
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The field is about to start a climb

The field is about to start a climb
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The peloton climb through the town of Houffalize during the 101st Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The peloton climb through the town of Houffalize during the 101st Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) takes a hard-fought win