PezCycling News - What's Cool In Road Cycling : Liège’18: Jungels Jumps La Doyenne!

Race News
Liège’18: Jungels Jumps La Doyenne!
Race Report: On Sunday afternoon, Bob Jungels topped off a perfect spring campaign for the Quick-Step Floors team but soloing to the finish line of the oldest Classic on the calendar - Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Ed Hood takes up the story from the Ardennes.


Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Bob JUNGELS (Luxembourg / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors & Luxembourg) confirmed as one of the brightest young stars in the pro firmament to give the Belgian super team their second monument and 27th win of the season. Mike Woods gave Canada and Jonathan Vaughters EF-Drapac Cannondale team a fine Monument podium from skinny Frenchman, Roman Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) at the end of a typical professional bike race – slow burning until a hectic and inspiring last hour.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie start pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018



Break of the day?
Messrs. Florian Vachon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Jérôme Baugnies (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Loïc Vliegen (BMC), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Mark Christian and Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue Sport), Paul Ourselin (Direct Énergie), Antoine Warnier (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) and Mathias Van Gompel (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) headed off up the road after 10 kilometres and within another 10 kilometres they had close to five minutes advantage.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - BAUGNIES JerŸme (BEL)  of Wanty - Groupe Gobert  pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
The break of the day

UAE don’t panic but ride tempo to stop things getting out of hand – they’ll be hoping Dan Martin has better legs than he did in the Fleche. Quick-Step lent a hand and the gap stabilised at around six minutes. The first climb of 11, the Côte de Bonnerue (2.4km at 5.8%) will come around 70K in – they top that with five minutes in hand with same margin on climb two, Côte de Saint-Roch (1km at 11.2%) 100 K in. Côte de Mont-le-Soie (4km at 6.1%) is next up, climb number three with the margin gradually diminishing. The heavy duty climbs are ‘back loaded’ into the route and there’ll be no heroics from ‘The Bigs’ until then.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  TEAM UAE Emirates pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Rory Sutherland was on the front for a long time

The break is on the Mont-le-Soie with 106K to go and just over four minutes lead. And another - Cote de Pont (1km at 10.5%) with 91K with a lead of 4:05 as one or two in the escape begin to fall foul of Sir Isaac Newton’s discovery. Straight into the Cote de Bellevaux with seven left in the break and four minutes gap – behind a big UAE presence grinds out the tempo. Pedersen goes solo to take the points and pushes on, his jersey stained with salt and his largest sprocket as big as his rear disc on his 3T with that 1 x 11 transmission. The roller coaster continues; Côte de la Ferme Libert with 89K to go and Pedersen continues with his charge to oblivion. In fact, he pops and his erstwhile companions come back to him – maybe if he had an inside chainring. . .

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -   Illustration picture of the peloton pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Through the forest

The break, now down to five, still has 3:24 with 71K to go as UAE keep tapping the chase out. Col du Rosier now (4.4km at 5.9%) with 72K and 3:18 in hand through beautiful green farmland. Movistar hover near the front but still UAE do the work for Valverde as men slip steadily out the back door, one by one. With 60K the break is down to just four off the Rosier; Manxman Mark Christian is still there, single chain ring or not. They ride through forest now, beautiful and fresh with spring greenery.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie climb cote  Saint Roche in Houffalize pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018 climb cote
The break hits the climb of the Côte de Saint-Roch

Col du Maquisard (2.5km at 5%) now, the four are still a cohesive group with under 50K to go – the man doing all the riding for UAE back at the ranch is Rory Sutherland, Valverde must miss that man. The break tops the Maquisard with just under three minutes advantage. La Redoute, (2km. at 8.9%) a legendary ascent, Viktor and I bought pastries in that little patisserie at the bottom a year or two back. The crowds are huge, enjoying the sun – and no doubt frites and a pils or two. Local boy, Baugnies nips off the front to milk the applause – and maybe take the prime?

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie climb cote  Saint Roche in Houffalize pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018 climb cote
The peloton on Saint-Roch

Meanwhile. . .
Quick-Step take charge at the head of affairs, young Spaniard Enric Mas doing the business, as much to keep Alaphilippe out of trouble as anything else. Baugnies leads over the top with his lead down inside two minutes, then very quickly one minute – the warp drive is engaged. Baugnies is doing a nice ride here – good TV time for Wanty. We have 33K to go now and one by one the breakaways are coming back with Quick-Step turning the screw – but with Sky and Bahrain observing closely. Just Baugnies out front now, he won’t last long – it’s going warp factor 9 behind with Bahrain doing the driving.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  BAUGNIES JerŸme (BEL)  of Wanty - Groupe Gobert pictured during the 53rd Amstel Gold Race (1.UWT) world tour a one day race between Maastricht and Valkenburg in the Netherlands (260KM) - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Jérôme Baugnies gave Wanty-Groupe Gobert good TV exposure

Baugnies swoops through beautiful wooded countryside – he has a nice aggressive position, very aero. Bahrain run him down with 22K to go and continue to pile it on as we run into the Cote de la Roche au Faucons (1.3 km. @ 11%); Sky and Quick-Step observe closely. Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) pops, Barguil (Fortuneo) pops whilst at the other end it’s Phil Gil heading off up the road for Quick-Step – Henao (Sky) comes across. Jungels (Quick-Step) and Woods (EF) chase and go clear but right behind are Valverde (Movistar), Fuglsang (Astana); they close it down – but Jungels pushes on, solo. Advantage Mr. Lefevere’s men.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - WELLENS Tim (BEL)  of Lotto Soudal   pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018
Tim Wellens

Wellens (Lotto Soudal) leads the chase, marked by hot favourite Alaphilippe (Quick-Step) – Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott), Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) are right there; maybe 20 riders left. Martin (UAE Team Emirates) attacks with Wellens; Kreuziger reacts but it all merges as Jungels stretches his lead to 25 seconds clear. Valverde (Movistar) chases, Wellens assists, Jungels drives on – 30 seconds now and he’s a big strong boy. There’s a lull, Martin tries again but is snuffed out. Astana’s David Villella for Fuglsang now but Jungels goes out to 37 seconds, then 40. Past the old steel works, not far now to the last climb, Saint-Nicolas – Dan Martin punctures, it’s over for him.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Bob JUNGELS (Luxembourg / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
When Jungels went....

Jungels powers on, 50 seconds with 6.4K. The gap stretches, Villella pops as Jelle Vanendert goes on the attack for Lotto – the rangy Belgian looks very good. He’s halved Jungels lead but the man from Luxembourg is up on to the flat roads now, 4.9 K and 18 seconds advantage. Alaphilippe goes now, that’s kosher; he has to counter Vanendert. The last three K and Jungels blasts over the cobbles, 26 seconds back to Vanendert – then he goes back to 31 seconds. He can win it.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Tom DUMOULIN (Netherlands / Team Sunweb)  pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
Tom Dumoulin chased hard, for a while

Canada’s Mike Woods (EF) and Bardet (AG2R) chase Vanendert – flame rouge for Big Bob J. Vanendert looks like he’s running out of gas as Woods and Bardet close but the much reduced peloton isn’t far back either. Finish straight, the man I first interviewed as a Junior World Time Trial Champion all those years ago takes the win.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Bob JUNGELS (Luxembourg / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2018
A fine win for the Luxemburger

Woods is second, a long time since a Cannuck was on a Monument podium – Steve Bauer, second Paris-Roubaix 1990 we make it. Bardet third, Alaphilippe fourth. Jungels, Quick-Step – a new super nova in that brightest of galaxies.

Ans - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  WOODS Michael  (CAN)  of Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale - BARDET Romain  (FRA)  of AG2R La Mondiale pictured during the 104th Liège - Bastogne - Liège - world tour - a one day race between Liege and Ans in Belgium (258KM) - photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2018
Second place for Michael Woods ahead of Romain Bardet

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Result:
1. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors in 6:24:44
2. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 0:37
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:39
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
6. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
11. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:45
12. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 0:48
13. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:51
14. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:06
15. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 1:24
16. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:44
17. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 2:08
18. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 2:41
19. Michael Valgren (Den) Astana at 2:50
20. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC at 2:53
21. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:56
22. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
23. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 3:07
24. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
25. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo.

 

Pez Comments


Related Stories