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Liège gallery: Valverde wins fourth title on somber day

Alejandro Valverde wins his fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège title one day after fellow racer Michele Scarponi was killed while training.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Astana
Prior to the start of Liège, riders paid tribute to Astana rider Michele Scarponi, killed Saturday by a car driver while riding. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Fuglsang
Jakob Fuglsang, like his teammates and many others, wore a black armband, mourning the loss of Scarponi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Cannondale
Cannondale-Drapac’s Davide Formolo wore a black armband for his fellow Italian Scarponi. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Breakaway
Eritrean Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) rode at the front of the early breakaway. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Houffalize
The peloton rode up the iconic narrow streets of Houffalize, Belgium. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Landscape
The Ardennes countryside is always breathtaking in the spring. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Henao
Sky’s Sergio Henao went on the attack late in the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Formolo
Formolo was the last man to go off the front before the finale in Ans, Belgium, but he too would be caught before the finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Peloton
A peloton of top favorites came into the final kilometer together. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Martin attack
Dan Martin (Quick-Step) a former Liège winner, was first to attack. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Valverde
Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde put in a massive effort to bridge up to Martin. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Valverde rides clear
Then, Valverde opened up his fearsome sprint finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Valverde wins
Martin had no reply to Valverde’s turn of speed and the Spaniard won the race handily. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Valverde post-race
Valverde was overcome with emotion at the Liège finish in Ans. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Martin finish
Martin had to settle for a runner-up result. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Emotions
Valverde and Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida) embraced after a difficult, emotional day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Four titles
Valverde has won Liège four times, one victory shy of the record held by Eddy Merckx. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017: Van Avermaet
Much was made of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet’s decision to race Liège after his win at Paris-Roubaix, but he could only manage an 11th-place result in the sprint. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com