Liège gets won in Liège: by Simon Gerrans but...

...it could have been anybody. Sad race this year, I'm sorry. Deeply sad and  somehow boring. Incredible victory at the sprint. I can't remember anything similar in age.
Back to the race where I had left it in my previous post. Minnaard had got dropped on the Côte de Wanne. A coloured line were crossing the yellow and green fields. The Forest then. And the crashes. The World Champion Rui Costa gets also involved. The race is still on when he tweets:
"Hi friends, I'm ok, do not worry. I have some pain, abrasions and bruises but nothing serious, just bad luck. Thanks for your support."
He's the last one in a long list of DNF including also Andy Schleck and Purito Rodriguez - still in pain after the crash in the Amstel.
On la Redoute the first serious attack: it's Warren Barguil,  joined by Bakelants and Arredondo. The peloton doesn't let them go. It's still early. All together while in front Bono is the last one to give up.
Alex Howes jumps on the Côte des Forges. Baugnies joins with Dennis Vanendert. Quickly caught. 
On the Roche aux Fauchons Arredondo attacks with Pozzovivo and they have a gap. Finally caught 11km  to go.
It seems that this Liège is going to be decided at the sprint. It seems so and I can't believe. Many moves but no one sticks. 
Cote Saint-Nicholas, la Cote des Italians. The last try come by Caruso and - again - Pozzovivo. The gap is slight. The peloton - or what is left - already comes. Dan Martin in front, off, joining...! and SBANG! he fell. He's down in the midle of the road heading to Ans and the finish. The peloton passes away. It's a sprint. And Simon Gerrans wins.
The worst Liège I have ever seen.

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 6:37:43  
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
4 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:03  
6 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo    
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
9 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:05  
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:06  
11 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:08  
12 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:10  
13 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
14 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
15 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:12  
16 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
17 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura    
18 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr    
19 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
20 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
21 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
22 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling    
23 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:17  
24 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:19  
25 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing    
26 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:23  
27 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    
28 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:31  
29 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:48  
30 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:51  
31 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:56  
32 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:09  
33 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
34 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:01:11  
35 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol 0:01:27  
36 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
37 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:29  
38 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:31  
39 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 0:01:37  
40 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge 0:02:26  
41 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
42 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
43 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
44 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
45 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
46 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02:51  
47 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
48 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
49 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
50 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 0:02:53  
51 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura 0:03:33  
52 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp - Endura    
53 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr    
54 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - Endura    
55 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
56 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia    
57 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura 0:03:33  
58 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka    
59 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
60 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:33  
61 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
62 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
63 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
64 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha    
65 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
66 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
67 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:47  
68 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:54  
69 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
70 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky 0:05:16  
71 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale    
72 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
73 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
74 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp    
75 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team    
76 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
77 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:05:16  
78 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team 0:06:19  
79 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:07:10  
80 WoutPoels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
81 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:05  
82 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp    
83 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
84 Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling    
85 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:07  
86 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team    
87 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
88 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:08:28  
89 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:08:52  
90 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:09:20  
91 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:09:26  
92 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr    
93 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:10:01  
94 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:10:12  
95 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge 0:10:43  
96 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:11:41  
97 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
98 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
99 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
100 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
101 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
102 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura    
103 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp    
104 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia    
105 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:11:41  
106 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
107 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
108 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
109 Edward Beltran (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo    
110 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr    
111 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge 0:12:01  
112 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar    
113 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale 0:12:08  
114 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:12:11  
115 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge 0:12:15  
116 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
117 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
118 Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura    
119 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
120 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team    
121 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
122 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling    
123 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team    
124 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
125 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
126 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
127 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team    
128 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale    
129 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo    
130 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
131 Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling    
132 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale    
133 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
134 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale    
135 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
136 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:13:27  
137 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:13:47  
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura    
DNS Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky    
DNS Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale

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