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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Wrap-Up

I’m not sure what to say following Liege-Bastogne-Liege. A few things are obvious; some, less so. 1. First and foremost, is that it’s hard not to be sentimental about Phillipe Gilbert’s performance. We did plenty of fawning over Gilbert after la Fleche Wallone; what more can one say? In the past couple of years, Phillipe … Continue reading

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Point/Counterpoint: Gilbert v. Rodriguez

Philippe Gilbert will win Liege, and Belgium may form a government. Given his charismatic win in Brabantse Pijl, his convincing defense in Amstel Gold Race, and astonishing sprint in la Fleche Wallonne, it is natural that Gilbert is the favorite for Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Despite speculation of a weaker OmegaPharma-Lotto squad, two domestiques have been stand-outs: Jelle … Continue reading

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Liège-Bastogne-Liège Preview

The oldest of the monuments, La Doyenne is arguably the most tactical. The leisurely ride down from Liège to Bastogne is interrupted by only a minor climb or two, but the race back up to Liège dishes out 13 climbs. Each forces a selection, and whittles down teammates and hopefuls. Liège rewards the tactical rider with … Continue reading

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Ardennes Preview: Captains and Teams

Even with the dust barely settled, and mud barely washed off the brake calipers, the Ardennes week is upon us. Few are the contenders who could charismatically challenge both the cobbled and hilly classics in this 2-month block of spring classics. The hilly warriors had their traditional form-check at MSR, although the poor weather and resulting crashes … Continue reading

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Li̬ge-Bastogne-Li̬ge РPreview

Tomorrow’s “La Doyenne” closes the Spring Classics season with 261km of côtes (11 are officially listed, but several more populate the route) through Belgium’s French-speaking Ardennes. The race has just a bit of history—it started in 1892—but since I’m posting this preview at the last minute, I won’t inundate you with too many other details. … Continue reading

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