This Sunday, this year's series of spring classics comes to an end in a big way celebrating the 100th edition of "La Doyenne", Liege-Bastogne-Liege with its 262.8 kilometers containing 10 named climbs. In addition, there are a myriad of small hills that slowly but surely wear out the legs and leave only room in the finale for the strongest riders in the race.
Simon Gerrans made history on Sunday, becoming the first Australian to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Gerrans, adds the 100th edition of La Doyenne to a resume which now includes three overall victories at the Tour Down Under, stage wins at all three Grand Tours, two days in yellow and Australia’s second victory at Milan–Sanremo. Gerrans enjoyed impeccable support from his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates en route to his monumental win.
On Liege-Bastogne-Liege roads it could happen to see the current World Champion (Rui Costa), an athlete whose palmares is full of important tryumphs (Damiano Cunego), the best Italian young talent (Diego Ulissi) training with a cyclist that won two Doyennes (Michele Bartoli).
On Friday Joaquim Rodriguez and his teammates did a reconnaissance of the final 100 kilometers of the 100th Liège-Bastogne-Liège. There are no doubts left: Joaquim Rodriguez will start in the Monumental Classic.
His stats for Liege read like this: 1979, 20th: 1981, 11th: 1982, 10th: 1984, 1st: 1985, 4th: 1986, 12th: 1987, 20th; 1988, 5th: 1989, 1st – good enough to tell us a little about La Doyenne? Yeah, we thought so too: PEZ talked to Sean Kelly about the oldest, and many would say the hardest of the ‘monuments’.
La Doyenne - the last of the Spring Classics is on this Sunday and Ed Hood has had a good long look at the parcours and the starters to come up with his preview. LBL is generally an action packed race full of tough climbs which on their own are not too bad but when combined with the classic distance are brutal but the big question remains, who's going to win?
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection for Liège - Bastogne - Liège, a 257.5 kilometer race that concludes the Ardennes Classics. There are 10 climbs including Cote de La Redoute. The final climb that will surely be a place of action is Cote de Saint-Nicolas.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège traditionally is the last of the climb classics. On Sunday the riders will give the best they can in this 100th edition of La Doyenne. The course has slightly changed compared to last year. The Côte de la Vecquée replaces the Col du Rosier. The rest stays as it was. After a race of 263 kilometers and ten hills the riders arrive in Ans.
PEZ Photog Wei Yuet Wong rounded out his month-long Classics’s adventure by shooting Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest of them all, as the finale of his trip. Here are some of his favorite photos of the day…
Race Report: Maybe not the most enthralling Liège-Bastonge-Liège, but in the end the cream came to the top with all hell letting loose on the final climb to Ans. It looked like last year’s winner Dan Martin had the double in the bag until he crashed on the final corner and Simon Gerrans swooped to the victory.
The Spring Classics campaign finally comes to an end on Sunday, and Team Giant-Shimano can look back on a successful campaign including success, a podium spot at Paris-Roubaix, and the team's first top-10 in an Ardennes Classic - but not before Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège that is.
Apr 24, 2014 - Alessandro Valverde won Flèche Wallone for his 8th victory of the season and Cadel Evans is overall leader in Trentino, a busy EuroTrash Thursday. Lots of video and rider quotes from all the races and we preview Liège, look at Johan Bruyneel’s ban, Rund um Köln, Giro d’Italia, Michael Rogers and round 4 of the Sky v Orica battle. Café grande time!
Apr 28, 2014 - It’s been a good last few days for Australia and the Isle of Man with Cadel Evans winning in Trentino, Simon Gerrans in Liège and Mark Cavendish in Turkey, but not so good for Ireland. We have all the video, reports and rider quotes, plus: No Vuelta a Asturias, a preview of the Tour de Romandie, Sky team to the Giro and that crash of Dan Martin. A packed EuroTrash Monday!
Fabio Duarte's overall fourth place in a top-level Giro del Trentino lights up Team Colombia’s ambitions for the Giro d’Italia and – earlier than that – for the monument classic the Escarabajos are about to race for the first time on Sunday April 27th: Liege-Bastogne-Liege.