Katusha’s Daniel Moreno tamed the Mur de Huy to win this afternoon’s Flèche Wallonne, the biggest victory of his career to date.
Moreno broke away towards the top of the finishing climb after world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) had split the peloton, caught Ag2r-La Mondiale’s Carlos Betancur inside the final 125 metres and soloed the victory.
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Sky’s Sergio Henao also caught Betancur before the line to claim second, while Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) equalled the best Irish finish in the race as he placed fourth.
Moreno’s team-mate and defending champion Joaquim Rodriguez looked off the pace in the closing stages, as he presumably felt the side effects of a crash in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. Nonetheless, the Russian team were still able to come away with the win for the second year in succession.
Earlier in the afternoon, Marianne Vos (Rabo) sprinted to take the victory in the women’s race for the fourth time.
Flèche Wallonne 2013: Binche to Huy, 205km
1. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha in 4-52-33
2. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 0-03
3. Carlos Betancur (Col) Ag2r-La Mondiale
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step all at st.
6. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 0-08
7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
8. Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco
10. Rinaldo Nocentini (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale all at st.
43. Josh Edmondson (Gbr) Sky at 0-53
138. Steve Cummings (Gbr) BMC at 10-06
Mur de Huy
Irishman Daniel Martin placed fourth
Philippe Gilbert tries to chase down Carlos Betancur on the Mur followed by Daniel Moreno and Sergio Henao
Daniel Moreno wins