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Gallery: La Doyenne delivers
Look back at Liège–Bastogne–Liège through the lens of our team photographers
“No thrills racing” that’s how our sport director Tom Southam described the Ardennes Classics. What you put into the race, is what you will get out of it and if you are even just a little bit off your form on race day, you won’t win, simple.
It’s easy to forget that Liège–Bastogne–Liège is the oldest of the five monuments and deserves just as much attention as the cobbled classics that take place right before it – Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. It’s nickname, La doyenne (“the old lady”) embodies the race perfectly. She’s not flashy, she’s not overly dramatic, but treat her right and you will be in for a beautiful day of bike racing.
This year’s race was full of riders coming off of the best form of their lives. With the Tour de France less than two weeks before the race, it was expected that the riders that were battling for the general classification in the French Alps would be the ones duking it out on the day. And that’s exactly what happened. The top five at the end of the day were all present in France and included the reigning Tour de France Champion, the second place finisher and a stage winner, and out of the top 2o, only 2 riders didn’t race at the Tour. Our top finisher on the day was Mike Woods, who finished in seventh overall with Rigoberto Urán and Dani Martínez finishing in the top 20 as well (15th and 20th respectively).
It was long, it was hard, it was cold, but it was a beautiful day of racing nonetheless. Take a look back at Liège–Bastogne–Liège through the lenses of team photographers: Ashley & Jered Gruber.