As far as birthday weeks go, Alejandro Valverde's was pretty successful with successive scalps earning the Spaniard a huge Ardennes pat on the back.
Victory in Fleche-Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege - on both occasions over plucky French youngster Julian Alaphilippe - earned veteran Valverde his second Ardennes double in seven years.
His triumphs sandwiched either side of his 35th birthday, Valverde became only the second rider in history to pull off a double double of Fleche and Liege wins.
Crazily, this cycling blogger missed it all completely.
Having seen the 'Green Bullet' narrowlyRead More »from Alejandro Valverde's evergreen empire strikes back (to the future)