Daniel Moreno Upsets Favorites As He Triumphs In Fleche Wallonne

Moreno_Wallone 2013

HUY, Belgium, April 17, 2013 (AFP) – Spaniard Daniel Moreno won the second
of the Ardennes Classics, the Fleche-Wallonne, on Wednesday giving his team
Katusha their second successive victory in the race.

The 31-year-old – whose team leader Joaquim Rodriguez won last year – beat
two Colombians Sergio Henao and Carlos Alberto Betancur to the line in the
205km race.

Rodriguez failed to mount a challenge as the effects of his fall in last
weekend’s Amstel Gold Race took their toll.

Moreno, whose previous best win was a stage in the Tour of Spain, made the
decisive burst when he passed the world champion Philippe Gilbert, who had
gone after Betancur, on the final climb.

“We decided, with ‘Purito’ Rodriguez, to play my card. I went full pelt and
I kept going to the end,” said the winner.

“It’s my greatest victory, this is my favorite course and I’ve managed to
win it.”

The third and final Ardennes one day classic is the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on
Sunday, when Rodriguez should take over the team leadership at Katusha.

“Sunday, during Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Purito will be better,” said Moreno,
who powered clear up the Mur de Huy in a stunning finish.

Neither Gilbert nor another favorite Peter Sagan of Slovakia could react
as Moreno surged to victory.

Results from the 205km Fleche-Wallonne
one-day Classic on Wednesday:
1. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 4hr 52min 33sec, 2. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) at
3sec, 3. Carlos Betancur (COL/ALM) s.t., 4. Daniel Martin (IRL/GRM) s.t., 5.
Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) s.t., 6. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 8, 7.
Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) s.t., 8. Igor Anton (ESP/EUS) s.t., 9. Bauke
Mollema (NED/BLA) s.t., 10. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) s.t., 11. Giampaolo
Caruso (ITA/KAT) s.t., 12. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) s.t., 13. Diego Ulissi
(ITA/LAM) 13, 14. Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED/BLA) s.t., 15. Philippe Gilbert
(BEL/BMC) 15