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Dan Martin of the Garmin-Sharp team won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic

Posted on 21/04/13, 5:06pm
Written by: Barry Gardner

Spain's Joaquim Rodríguez was second in the 261.5km hilly one-day race, with Spain's Alejandro Valverde in third.

After a late attack by Rodríguez on the final ascent, Martin caught the Spaniard then broke away with 400 metres to go for a lone win. Martin is the second Irishman, after Sean Kelly in the 1980s, to win the race.


The first breakaway came when Lotto Belisol's Bart De Clercq opened up a lead of 14 minutes alongside Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Jonathan Fumeaux and Pirmin Lang (both IAM Cycling), Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Sander Armée (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator). However, after the group hit the climbs towards the end of the race, they were hauled back with just under 40km to go.

A succession of riders attempted to break clear with Garmin Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal gaining a 20 second lead at one point, but the peloton kept hauling any lone riders back in.

Rodríguez made his charge when a kilomtre out but Martin went with him and used his fresher legs to attack when 400 metres out to claim his first major one-day victory.