Alejandro Valverde back on top in Classics with Fleche Wallonne win

Alejandro Valverde scores first Classics win since returning from doping ban in 2012

Fleche Wallonne podium 2014

(Image credit: Watson)

Spain's Alejandro Valverde completed his doping ban return with a win in Flèche Wallonne today. He shot ahead like an arrow on the climb's steep slope and left Daniel Martin and young Pole, Michal Kwiatkowski behind. Cheers and some boos greeted him at the finish line above Huy, Belgium.

"This victory," team Movistar's Valverde said, "is very important because it puts an end to a long period without success in the classics."

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