April 28, 2019 / 4:59 PM / a month ago

Cycling: Fuglsang rides solo to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Cycling - Tour de France - The 31-km Stage 20 Individual Time Trial from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette - July 28, 2018 - Astana Pro Team rider Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark in action. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

(Reuters) - Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang of Astana beat the pre-race favorites to ride solo to victory in the 105th Liege-Bastogne-Liege ‘Monument’ classic on Sunday.

Fuglsang, who finished 10th last year, nearly crashed with five kilometers to go on a fast descent on wet and slippery roads. He dropped all his rivals with 13 kilometers to go.

In a rain-hit race with temperatures as low as six degrees Celsius (42.8°F), Fuglsang won the 256 kilometers race in six hours 37 minutes and 37 seconds - 27 seconds ahead of Davide Formolo who finished second while Maximilian Schachmann finished third.

Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s race with Floortje Mackaij and Demi Vollering completing an all-Dutch podium.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the fourth of five Monument (top) classics after Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, and before the Tour of Lombardy.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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