Michael Albasini has claimed Orica-GreenEDGE’s third Classics podium of 2015 at La Fleche Wallonne.

A consistent performer at the Belgian race, including a second place in 2012, Albasini was given the opportunity to lead the Australian outfit.

The 34-year-old finished third atop the Mur de Huy, behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick Step).

"The Mur de Huy is a climb that suits me. This race is also my chance to go for a result because at Amstel (Gold) Race and Liege, I am mostly there as a team-mate for Simon Gerrans or Michael Matthews. As my chance, I have to be good today. Valverde is one of the strongest guys in this kind of finish. You never know (if you can beat him), you always have to try. I was closer than ever maybe, but it still wasn’t possible today." - Michael Albasini