Danilo Di Luca of Italy won Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday, breaking away from the pack with only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to go in the 262-kilometer (161.8-mile) ProTour classic that was run on a steaming hot day.
Di Luca finished the race through the Ardennes hills of southern Belgium in 6 hours, 36 minutes and 25 seconds, a few seconds ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde. It was his first ever victory of the classic that completes pro-cycling';s spring season.
Frank Schleck of Luxembourg finished third and Italians Paolo Bettini and Davide Rebellin came fourth and fifth respectively.
The 93rd running of Liege-Bastogne-Liege saw four runners _ Belgium's Jan Kuyckx, France's Remy Di Gregorio, Belarussian Vasil Kiryienka and Venezuela's Unai Etxebarria break away after only 7 kilometers to go. Over the next 200 or so kilometers, the four were allowed to build up a lead that extended at one point to more than 18 minutes.
Their adventure ended with only 30 kilometers from the line when the pack caught up with the foursome setting the stage for a series of breaks. The final one _ with less than 4 kilometers to run _ saw Di Luca en Schleck sprint away, a contest Di Luca won.