Aussie cyclist Gerrans delighted with history-making win

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The 33 year old played a very patient game in the race’s finale, watching attacks from Gianpaolo Caruso (Katusha), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2R) and a last gasp flyer from defending champion, Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in the race’s final kilometre to take the victory, a first for Australia, and a second Monument win for Gerrans after his 2012 Milan-San Remo triumph.

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“It’s an incredible victory, it’s a dream come true to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege,” said a breathless Gerrans at the finish.

“It unfolded perfectly with me in the final. Everybody was really tight coming into the finish and I was perfectly placed to finish it.”

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The 33 year old played a very patient game in the race’s finale, watching attacks from Gianpaolo Caruso (Katusha), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2R) and a last gasp flyer from defending champion, Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in the race’s final kilometre to take the victory, a first for Australia, and a second Monument win for Gerrans after his 2012 Milan-San Remo triumph.

“It’s an incredible victory, it’s a dream come true to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege,” said a breathless Gerrans at the finish.

“It unfolded perfectly with me in the final. Everybody was really tight coming into the finish and I was perfectly placed to finish it.”

Fleche Wallonne winner Alejandro Valverde took second with Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski coming home third. That order could very well have been shaken up however had Martin, who had clawed back Caruso in the final 500 metres and was second round the final left-hander into Ans, not fallen.

But with the luck of the Irish not on the Garmin man’s side, Gerrans, some 20 metres behind made the most of Martin’s stumble, crisply passing Caruso, then Alejandro Valverde, before surging to the win.

A consummate professional, Gerrans was quick to point to the work of Orica-GreenEDGE, which had done huge share of work after the race broke up over the final climb of the day, the Cote de Saint Nicholas, and bring things back together for him to finish off.

“It was really a super hard race all the way to the finish – and I really have to thank all of them,” said Gerrans.

“With 30kms to go, I actually felt I didn’t have good legs but they, the team, insisted. I owe them a lot. You never know what happens on such a final.

“After that, I suppose I was confident I could beat these guys in a small sprint, but after 250km there’s little you can be truly sure of. I’m speechless.”

Gerrans was one of the few pre-race favourites lining up at Liege-Bastogne-Liege who had made the conscious decision to skip Wednesday’s La Fleche Wallone, and save his legs for Sunday’s monument after a strong showing last week at Amstel Gold.

Gerrans was third at Amstel, won by Philippe Gilbert, but kept a low profile in the week since, deflecting much of the pressure onto the shoulders of his rivals.

That move appears to have paid off with Gerrans adding Liege-Bastogne-Liege to a decorated career palmares that also includes stage wins at all three Grand Tours, a host of classics successes, including Milan-San Remo, and two national titles.

Valverde was also pleased with his hall for the Ardennes week. The Spaniard has twice been a winner before at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and though narrowly missing out on the victory, completed his campaign with 4th, 1st, 2nd. “I feel very happy, it’s been a very good week for me and the team,” said Valverde, 34.

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“With a bit more luck at Amstel I could have been on the podium and then I would’ve been on the podium in all three (Ardennes Classics).

“But I still think that with the results I’ve taken, it’s a good return. Now it’s time for some rest and then to prepare for the Tour.”

A race defined by the final 25km

Despite a break of six riders featuring until deep into the race, the absence of moves from any of the major players made for an unusually passive opening 230km of racing.

That did change however as the pace upped a gear in the final 25km, a thrilling crescendo to the finish opening with Trek’s Julian Arredondo and Domenico Pozzovivo attacking on the Roche-aux-Faucons to splinter the peloton.

They held their lead for almost 10km before a determined but reduced main field of around 30-35 riders caught them just ahead of the Saint-Nicolas.

Italian Pozzovivo attacked again, though, on the final categorised climb, the Cote Saint-Nicolas, alongside compatriot Gianpaolo Caruso – and their move appeared as though it might have caught the favourites unawares.

With Gilbert, Valverde and Kwiatkowski unwilling to commit to a chase, the leaders gained a gap of 12sec before a series of strong counter attacks reeled them back into 100m of the main peloton as the final uncategorised ramp in Ans awaited.

Last year’s winner Dan Martin made a break inside the final kilometre and caught Pozzovivo, but Caruso kicked again.

Then, the drama, on the final tight left-hand bend, Martin incredibly crashed leaving Caruso out in front alone but with three chasers, Valverde, Gerrans and Kwiatkowski closing quickly.

Valverde brought Gerrans and Kwiatkowski up to Caruso’s wheel with just a hundred metres left but at that point, the Spaniard was fading, and the Australian had only to pull out of slipstream and unleash.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

1 Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE 6hr 37min 43sec

2 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar

3 Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma-Quickstep

4 Gianpolo Caruso (ITA) Katusha

5 Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2R 00:00:03

6 Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED) Garmin-Sharp

7 Romain Kreuziger (CZE) Tinkoff-Saxo

8 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC

9 Dani Moreno (ESP) Katusha 00:00:05

10 Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2R 00:00:06

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