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PREVIEW: Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Sunday is the fourth of the monuments, Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Hereby a little statistical preview.

Most wins
5 | Eddy Merckx | BEL | 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
4 | Moreno Argentin | ITA | 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991
4 | Alejandro Valverde  Belmonte | SPA | 2006, 2008, 2015, 2017
3 | Léon Houa | BEL | 1892, 1893, 1894
3 | Alfons Schepers | BEL | 1929, 1931, 1935
3 | Fred de Bruyne | BEL | 1956, 1958, 1959
2 | Louis Mottiat | BEL | 1921, 1922
2 | René Vermandel | BEL | 1923, 1924
2 | Richard Depoorter | BEL | 1943, 1947
2 | Prosper Depredomme | BEL | 1946, 1950
2 | Ferdinand Kübler | SUI | 1951, 1952
2 | Joseph Bruyère | BEL | 1976, 1978
2 | Bernard Hinault | FRA | 1977, 1980
2 | Sean Kelly | IRL | 1984, 1989
2 | Michele Bartoli | ITA | 1997, 1998
2 | Paolo Bettini | ITA | 2000, 2002
2 | Alexandre Vinokourov | KAZ | 2005, 2010

Most podiums
7 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
7 | Alejandro Valverde Belmonte | SPA
5 | Davide Rebellin | ITA
4 | Moreno Argentin | ITA
4 | Walter Godefroot | BEL
4 | Raymond Impanis | BEL
4 | Frans Verbeeck | BEL

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Valverde extend lead on Merckx in Ardennes Classics

Alejandro Valverde finished second today in La Flèche Wallonne. It was his 17th podium in an Ardennes Classic1. With this 17th podium, he extends his lead on Eddy Merckx as the rider with the most podium spots in Ardennes Classics.

Most podiums in Ardennes Classics
17 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA
15 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
11 | Michael Boogerd | NED
11 | Davide Rebellin | ITA
11 | Frans Verbeeck | BEL
10 | Claude Criquielion | BEL
9 | Moreno Argentin | ITA
8 | Philippe Gilbert | BEL
8 | Steven Rooks | NED

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Who can beat Valverde in Flèche Wallonne?

Today the 82nd edition of La Flèche Wallonne takes place. Alejandro Valverde is nearly impossible to beat in this Belgium classic. The Spaniard is the record holder with five wins in this classic including the last four times in a row.

Only seven riders have achieved the “Ardennes double” 1 in one season. Alejandro Valverde did this three times (in 2006, 2015 & 2017), Ferdi Kubler twice (in 1951 & 1952), Stan Ockers (1955), Eddy Merckx (1972), Moreno Argentin (1991) Davide Rebellin (2004) & Philippe Gilbert (2011).

Most wins La Flèche Wallonne
5 | Alejandro Valverde Belmonte | SPA | 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
3 | Marcel Kint | BEL | 1943, 1944, 1945
3 | Eddy Merckx | BEL | 1967, 1970, 1972
3 | Moreno Argentin | ITA | 1990, 1991, 1994
3 | Davide Rebellin | ITA | 2004, 2007, 2009
2 | Ferdi Kübler | SUI | 1951, 1952
2 | Stan Ockers | BEL | 1953, 1955
2 | Rik van Steenbergen | BEL | 1949, 1958
2 | André Dierickx | BEL | 1973, 1975
2 | Bernard Hinault | FRA | 1979, 1983
2 | Claude Criquielion | BEL | 1985, 1989
2 | Laurent Jalabert | FRA | 1995, 1997

Most podiums La Flèche Wallonne
6 | Alejandro Valverde Belmonte | SPA
5 | Moreno Argentin | ITA
5 | Claude Criquielion | BEL
5 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
5 | Frans Verbeeck | BEL
4 | Marcel Kint | BEL
4 | Ferdi Kübler | SUI
4 | Davide Rebellin | ITA

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Jeroen Goeleven (4 July 1992 – 17 April 2018)

Jeroen Goeleven has passed away today. He was found dead by his parents in his room.

Jeroen Goeleven
Born: 04 July 1992, Diest (BEL)
Died: 17 April 2018, Beringen (BEL)

Teams
2015 – Colba – Superano Ham

Wins

Major results

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The classic mistake about La Flèche Wallonne

NOS Sport, Dutch public radio and television organization, place today a tweet & article about the only Dutch win in La Flèche Wallonne: Joop Zoetemelk in 1976. In that tweet, they say that Zoetemelk did win on the Mur of Huy. This is a classic mistake. La Flèche Wallonne did finish since 1983 on the Mur of Huy. Therefore, there were a few different finish towns of La Flèche Wallonne. In 1976 the finish was in Verviers.