Alejandro Valverde brought the fans another one of those moments to remain forever in their memories and the Spanish rider's legend, as he attacked with 500 meters remaining to claim his third career victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Murcia-based superstar crowned an intelligent race supported by another exemplary piece of teamwork, from start to finish of the 253km course -with eleven demanding 'côtes'- en route to Ans.

Sutherland and Erviti, leading the Blue train before the first chain of climbs in Wanne-Stockeu-Haute Levée, and José Joaquín Rojas, always protecting his fellow countryman, started to build a success where Gorka Izagirre and José Herrada, keeping the pursuit and jumping across several moves -including an enormous 30-man break with over 60k from the end-, had big protagonism, as well as Visconti, the final helper for the squad directed by José Luis Arrieta. A crash without any consequences avoided Nairo Quintana -briefly involved on the pursuit- to keep supporting the Blues, who had Giovanni as their final, necessary weapon to jump across the gaps in the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. Valverde's confidence allowed him to push at the front when needed -at the foot of the Côte de Saint-Nicolas- and later follow, searching for a final kilometer where extra energy was still to be needed.

A move from Dani Moreno, one of three Katusha riders still into the leading group, forced Valverde to command the pursuit, the Spaniard still not losing calmness. The final attack, almost a long sprint continued at the closing straight, allowed him raising his arms victorious for the sixth time in the Ardennes -once more than Hinault; one victory away from Argentin; four from record-holding Eddy Merckx-. Alejandro also jumps into the lead of the UCI WorldTour standings he won last year as he closes the spring as the absolute 'King of the Hills.'

Report taken from Movistar Team News Blog