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Gerrans wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic

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POSTED April 27, 2014 9:30 p.m.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Simon Gerrans of Australia relied on his power sprint finish to beat Alejandro Valverde and Michal Kwiatkowski and clinch the 100th edition of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic, the oldest on the books.

Last year’s winner Dan Martin crashed on the final corner onto the finishing straight, opening the door for Gerrans to win the second major one-day race of his career after the 2012 Milan-San Remo race.

“It unfolded perfectly for me in the final,” said Gerrans. “I was well placed and fortunately I had the legs to finish it.”

Valverde could never move out of Gerrans’ slipstream on the uphill finish and failed to get the Ardennes double after winning the Walloon Arrow on Wednesday.

In a disappointing race, the favorites played the waiting game until late, and Philippe Gilbert paid the price, finishing only eighth.

With some 40 riders still bunched together with a few miles to go, it was bound to be an unpredictable finish.

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