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Friday 30 September 2016

Valverde wins

CYCLING

SPAIN'S Alejandro Valverde won the Fleche Wallonne classic race for the third time, timing his effort to perfection in the final climb at the end of a 205.5km effort yesterday.

The Movistar rider joins Belgians Eddy Merckx and Marcel Kint as well as Italians Davide Rebellin and Moreno Argentin as triple Fleche champions.

Nicolas Roche was best of the Irish as the Team Sky rider finished 27th, 23 seconds behind Valverde.

Other Irish entrants Dan Martin (crash) and Philip Deignan both withdrew from the race.

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