Dan Martin suffers final corner fall in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Defending champion misses out as Australian Simon Gerrans triumphs

 Orica Greenedge  rider  Simon Gerrans of Australia  celebrates after winning the Liege Bastogne Liege cycling race from Liege to Ans in Belgium. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Orica Greenedge rider Simon Gerrans of Australia celebrates after winning the Liege Bastogne Liege cycling race from Liege to Ans in Belgium. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 17:15

Ireland’s Dan Martin suffered a heartbreaking end to his defence of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic in Belgium on Sunday as a fall on the final corner ended his hopes of holding on to his title.

The 27-year-old Garmin Sharp rider was in second place and closing before his fall as Australia’s Simon Gerrans took the 100th edition of 263-km race in a sprint finish.

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde finished second and Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski was third.

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