HUY, Belgium (AP) -- Alejandro Valverde of Spain perfectly timed his attack to win the Fleche Wallonne (Walloon Arrow) classic for the third time and the second year in a row on Wednesday.
Valverde, runner-up at the Amstel Gold Race last week, won ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Albasini at the top of the Mur de Huy.
Former Tour de France champion Christopher Froome was involved in a crash about 12 kilometers from the finish. With his trunks lacerated, the British rider got back on his bike and raced.
Froome used the Belgian classic as part of his preparations for the Tour de France because the Mur de Huy climb will feature in the third stage of this year's Tour.