Twenty-eight years after Adri Van Der Poel, a heroic Wout Poels became the fifth Dutchman to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The rider from team SKY made the best of the penultimate climb of the day to power away from the favourites group alongside Rui Costa, Michael Albasini and Samuel Sanchez. The decision was finally made on the final straight in Ans where Poels managed to outsprint his rivals, crossing the line in front of Albasini and Rui Costa after a day many will remember for its...read more
« It was a really hard day due to the weather. You had to keep warm and I had prepared well to cope with that, especially in terms of clothing. It's amazing to win Liège, it's like a dream come true after my bad crash of three years ago. I'm a much more solid and complete rider now with less ups and downs. Liège is a monument I would watch on TV when I was a child. To win it is incredible.
I liked the final cobbled climb and knew it suited me well. I looked...read more
On Saint-Nicolas, I saw that the race was getting harder and I had good legs and could be well placed for the lasts climb. I saw Albasini was strong. I hung on to his wheel. When I saw others dropping behind I pushed harder. Poels deserves his win.
It was a tough day with the rain, the snow and the cold. My toughest ever classic. It's my favourite one so I'm happy to be on the podium. With the tough day we had, only the best could make it to the...read more
“I came on Liège to work for Simon Gerrans but saw he was struggling in the Côte de Saint-Nicolas. It was my turn to lead the team. I went to the front of the group to be able to attack or chase attempts. I then pushed on the cobbles and was surprised to be the strongest. Eventually, at the end of the day, I wasn't the strongest. On the final straight I could no longer feel my legs.
Of course we're an Australian team but we have a very international team....read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1- Wout Poels (SKY)
2- Michael Albasini (OGE)
3- Rui Costa (LAM)
4- Samuel Sanchez (BMC)
5- Ilnur Zakarin (KAT)
|16:55||Poels wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège|
Wout Poels (SKY) wins La Doyenne after launching the sprint and hanging on to the line.
|16:53||Four for the win|
The front four are clear from their chasers. The win is going to go to one of them.
Still four in the lead with 1km to go. They have a 10'' advantage.
|16:52||Four in the lead before last kilometre|
Rui Costa (LAM)
Wout Poels (SKY)
Michael Albasini (OGE)
Samuel Sanchez (BMC)
|16:51||Albasini leading the way|
Michael Albasini leads the front group up the Côte de la Rue Naniot. The Swiss powers away taking with him Rui Costa, Samuel Sanchez and Poels. 2kms to go.
Exactly 29 riders are together in the lead as they take on the penultimate climb, the Côte de la Rue Naniot, new on the course of La Doyenne.
|16:46||Front two are caught|
With 5kms to go, Rosa and Zakarin have been caught. Around twenty men together.
|16:44||Rosa and Zakarin attack|
Off goes Diego Rosa taking with him Ilnur Zakarin. Two men in the lead at the top of Saint-Nicolas.
While Bardet leads the front group, Vincenzo Nibali (AST) has just been dropped.
|16:41||30 left in front group|
Over thirty riders remain together at the front going up the Côte de Saint-Nicolas.
|16:39||Bunched again before Saint-Nicolas|
The leaders are caught and the pack is bunched again before the climb up Saint-Nicolas. 8kms to go.
With under ten kilometres to go Michal Kwiatkowski (SKY) powers away taking with him Givko and Betancur.
|16:36||Ten kms to go|
Despite another attack from Andrei Grivko (AST) the pack is bunched with 10kms to go.
|16:32||Over for Betancur|
After his solo effort, Carlos Betancur (MOV) has been caught by the chasing pack. It's bunched again with 15kms to go.
|16:31||Betancur still in the lead|
Under heavy rain, Betancur still leads the way with a slim 7" advantage over a pack led by Etixx Quick Step. 16kms to go.
Colombia's Carlos Betancur breaks away from the pack. 17kms to go.
|16:26||Around 50 riders left in the pack|
Now under 20kms to go and still around fifty riders left in the pack.
With 20kms to go, Chris Froome (SKY) is seen struggling at the back of the pack.
|16:23||Four Etixx Quick Step lead the pack|
The Etixx Quick Step team is looking strong with four riders leading the pack including Martin and Alaphilippe.
The pack is bunched just before the climb up the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.
|16:17||Over for the leaders|
After enjoying a 204km breakaway, Nicoals Edet and Alessandro De Marchi have just been caught with under 25kms to go.
Team Etixx Quick Step has taken command of the pack and the gap is seriously dropping for the front two: Edet and De Marchi.
|16:14||Vicioso and Majka crash|
On the wet roads of La Doyenne, Rafal Majka (TKS) and Angel Vicioso (KAT) have just suffered crashes.
|16:12||Heavy rain on the finish line|
While the leaders are still 28kms away, heavy rain has started falling again on the finish line in Ans.
|16:10||De Gendt and Grivko caught|
While De Marchi and Edet continue their efforts at the front, Grivko and De Marchi have been caught back by the pack.
|16:09||De Gendt dropped again|
Thomas De Gendt has again been dropped and caught by Grivko. Edet and De Marchi still lead the way. The pack is 20" behind.
Andrei Grivko has broken away from the pack. The front 3 only have a 32" lead
|16:05||De Gendt catches leading duo|
Thomas De Gendt has managed to catch up with the front two: De Marchi and Edet. Three in the lead. 32kms to go.
|16:00||Two in lead|
Nicolas Edet and Alessandro De Marchi still lead the way at the top of the Côte de la Redoute. De Gendt is 20'' adrift. The pack led by Movistar is at 1'. Snowing again .
|15:56||Voeckler caught by pack|
After his efforts to catch the front group. Thomas Voeckler has been caught by the pack led by Movistar.
|15:55||Julian Alaphiliipe: «Here to have an impact on the race»|
Second last year on his first appearance at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Julian Alaphilippe is the new wonder kid of the Ardennes Classics. Despite fighting a virus during the winter, the Frenchman is back at his best. Proof of that was his second spot last Wednesday at the Fleche Wallonne. He'll also have the advantage of counting on a very strong Etixx Quick Step team around him, as he told letour.fr. “It's an advantage to have several leaders. We come here with the will to have an impact on...
|15:53||Two in lead|
Nicolas Edet has been caught by Alessandro De Marchi. Two men lead the way in the Côte de la Redoute. Meanwhile Benedetti has been caught by the pack.
|15:52||Côte de le Redoute|
Nicolas Edet attacks and breaks away in the first moments of the climb up the Côte de la Redoute.
|15:51||4 + 2 + 2|
Race situation: four in the lead (De Marchi, Laengen, De Gendt and Edet) followed by two (Tiralongo and Roy) at 30", followed by two (Voeckler and Benedetti) at 37".
|15:48||Brutt caught by the pack|
At km 202, Pavel Brutt is the first of the early breakaway riders to be caught by the pack.
|15:45||Four in the lead|
Vegard Laengen (IAM) has managed to catch up with the leading group of 3. Now four men in the lead. The gaps: 1'10" over Voeckler and 2' over the pack.
|15:44||Attacking at the front of the pack|
Poljanski (TKS), Thurau (WGG) and Vliegen (LTS) break away from the pack. A vain effort. They've been caught back.
|15:43||Voeckler catches Brutt|
Thomas Voeckler still chasing alone has caught up with Pavel Brutt. Still 3 in the lead: De Marchi, Edet and De Marchi.
|15:39||Three in the lead|
After De Marchi's first attack we now have three men in the lead. De Gendt and Edet catching up with the Italian.
|15:37||De Marchi attacks, Brutt dropped|
On the climb up the Col du Maquisard, Pavel Brutt was the first to be dropped. Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) gives it a go and attacks.
|15:35||Gallopin quits LBL|
After suffering a crash, Tony Gallopin (LTS) was forced to quit the race.
|15:33||Romain Bardet: «There will only be strong men in the final Ans climb»|
The leader of the AG2R La Mondiale team finished 6th last year of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Speaking to letour.fr, he intends to once again be among the key actors in the final moments of the race: “Last year I was with the contenders and I know that little by little, I manage my races in a better way. I make less useless efforts which allows me to keep energy for the final part. This year it'll be even harder and for sure there will only be strong men before the final climb up...
|15:32||Average of 38.6km/h|
After five hours of racing the average speed has dropped down to 38.6km/h. The distance of 33kms was covered during the fifth hour.
|15:29||Gap under 2'|
While the leaders are in Spa,Voeckler remains 1'20 adrift while the pack led by Movistar is 1'50" behind.
|15:27||Voeckler on a counter-attack|
After a first three-man attack including Calmejane, Voeckler (both DEN) and Yates (OGE), only Voeckler managed to stay clear of the pack. The Frenchman in on a counter-attack.
Still under the snow, the pack is led by several Movistar riders while the front men have taken on the climb up the Côte de Rosier, longest hill of the day (4.4kms at 5.9%).
|15:07||The 8 leaders|
De Gendt (LTS)
De Marchi (BMC)
|15:06||8 in the lead again|
After his mechanical issue, Pavel Brutt (TNK) returns to the front group.
It's now snowing again on the pack. Tough conditions as the riders go through the second feeding zone.
Suffering a mechanical problem, Pavel Brutt has just been dropped by the leading group. Seven men left in the lead.
|14:54||Enrico Gasparotto: «I want to carry on dreaming»|
Enrico Gasparotto's Ardennes week is already a major success. Winner of the Amstel Gold race last Sunday, he went on to capture a fine 5th spot at the Fleche Wallonne. The Italian of the Wanty Group Gobert squad will be one of the favourites to keep an eye on for La Doyenne. “Last Wednesday's result at the Fleche gave me even more confidence. To win would be a dream. I managed to finish 3rd back in 2012 so to win it would be a dream. I want to carry on dreaming after the good results I've...
|14:52||Second feeding zone|
After climbing the Côte de la Haute-Levée, the leading group of 8 has reached the second feeding zone. The pack remains 4' adrift.
|14:50||Froome hits the ground|
Two-time Tour de france winner, Chris Froome (SKY) suffered a light crash. Nothing too serious for the Brit, back on his bike and in the pack.
|14:41||Top of Côte de Wanne|
Paolo Tiralongo (AST) makes it first to the top of the Côte Wanne (84kms from finish). Meanwhile the chasing pack remains 4' adrift.
|14:31||Average of 40km/h|
After four hours of racing, the average speed is of 40km/h.
|14:27||Now under 5'|
The gap carries on dropping between the front 8 and the chasing pack still led by Movistar and Etixx Quick Step. Now 4'50".
|14:24||Simon Gerrans: «The weather blows the race wide open»|
Winner of the race back in 2014, Simon Gerrans will hope to give another classic success to his Orica Greenedge squad after the triumph of Mathew Hayman on Paris-Roubaix. The Aussie knows he's in shape but will have to cope with conditions he does not usually enjoy. “The sensations are good. It's a bit unknown with the predicted bad weather. I think it blows the race wide open. Add to that the final new climb and it makes things pretty uncertain. Some guys handle the heat really...
|14:09||Crash in the pack|
A crash has just occurred in the pack sending Vicioso (KAT) and Vermeulen (TLJ) to the ground.
|14:07||Gap now 6'|
The pack is slowly closing in on the front 8. Now only 6'.
|13:49||Dan Martin: «Nobody knows how the legs are going to be»|
Third of the Fleche Wallonne, Dan Martin could well be Alejandro Valverde's most dangerous rival. The Irishman is physically at his best and knows the race by heart, triumphing back in 2013. After crashing these last two editions, Martin will hope to conquer a second monument. “I think everyone will wait until the very last moment to attack. Time passes and you forget how you felt when you won the race. I just have to be confident that my form is good. It'll be an interesting day,...
|13:48||Snow on the pack|
As they head back north, very light snow is falling over the pack. It's also getting cloudier over the finish line in Ans.
|13:40||Chase is on|
Led by teams Movistar and Etixx Quick Step, the pace is picking up in the pack. At the top of the second climb, the Côte de Saint-Roch, the gap has dropped under the 8' mark.
|13:29||Second climb of the day|
After going through Houfalize, the front group of 8 is going up the second climb of the day: the Côte de Saint-Roch. The gap has dropped to 8'.
|13:22||Heading back north|
After going through the first feeding zone in Bastogne, the front 8 still have a 9' advantage over the pack. All riders are now heading back north.
|12:59||Vincenzo Nibali: «See how legs respond»|
With different objectives this year, Vincenzo Nibali already has his mind turned to the next Giro d'Italia. The Astana rider will however be on the start line of La Doyenne with the hope to do better than the 2nd spot he captured back in 2012. The Italian who spoke to letour.fr might however not be at his very best, yet. “Day by day, my shape is getting better but tomorrow should be difficult. I'll see how my legs respond. It might be a bit too difficult for me. I'll have to see hour after...
While Movistar and Etixx Quick Step are leading the pack, the gap is stabilized at around 8'50". The front group are moving closer to the first feeding zone.
|12:31||Etixx Quick Step leading the pack|
The pack is currently led by team Etixx Quick Step of Dan Martin and Julian Alaphilippe. The chase is on and the gap is stabilized.
|12:26||Michal Kwiatkowski: «Need to be mentally strong»|
Third of La Doyenne two years ago, former World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski hopes to do just as well, if not better. As he told letour.fr, he does however worry about the tough weather conditions. “I was feeling great even before the Amstel Gold Race. I just wasn't ready for the cold and rain on the Amstel. I don't have enough experience in those conditions. I got caught by the rain. But I now want to leave that behind me. On Liège I will be mentally and physically ready for tough...
|12:24||5 kms on course|
After using a new itinerary due to the bad weather conditions, the distance of the race drops down to 248kms (five kilometres less than planned).
|12:21||Roy leads at top of first climb|
The front group have cleared the first climb of the day, the Côte de la Roche en Ardenne, led by Frenchman Jeremy Roy (FDJ). All the riders are back on the initial course.
|12:02||Front group to return on initial course|
The front group are about to return to the initial course at km 75 after a detour due to the bad weather conditions. Meanwhile the conditions remain difficult. Snow falls occurred further south but the snow is not remaining on the ground.
|11:58||Two counter-attackers caught back|
Hoogerland and Van Hecke have just been caught back by the pack. The gap between the leading 8 and the peloton: 8'45".
|11:56||42.9 kms during first hour|
The front group of riders had covered a distance of 42.9kms during the first hour of racing.
|11:51||Tony Gallopin: «Hoping for very bad weather»|
At the beginning of the year, this Ardennes week was a major objective for Tony Gallopin. His very disappointing performances at the Amstel Gold Race (25th) and Fleche Wallonne (47th) have been a major blow for the Frenchman, unsure of his form as he told letour.fr. he will be counting on tough weather conditions to try and hit back. “I don't really know about my shape. My legs didn't respond very well last Wednesday on the fleche Wallonne. So there's a big question mark. I hope it'll be...
|11:49||Two men on a counter-attack|
Two men have broken away from the pack: Hoogerland (ROP) and Van Hecke (TSV). They're 8' adrift while the pack is at 8'30".
|11:45||Now 8 in the lead|
At kilometre 50, we now have eight riders in the lead. Laengen has caught up with Brutt (TNK), Tiralongo (AST), Edet (COF), Benedetti (BOA), De Gendt (LTS), De Marchi (BMC) and Roy (FDJ).
|11:41||Laengen closing in on front group|
Vegard Laengen (IAM) is slowly moving closer to the front group of riders. He's now only 30" adrift. Meanwhile the pack is not too concerned by the escapees and is over 6' behind.
|11:32||More attacking for Laengen|
Currently on a counter-attack and trying to catch up with the front 7, Vegard Stake Laengen was already present in the long breakaway on the Fleche Wallonne last wednesday.
|11:29||One man on a counter-attack|
Currently on a counter-attack is Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM). He's 1'25" adrift while the pack is at 4'55''.
|11:28||Front 7 reminder|
Pavel Brutt (TNK)
Paolo Tiralongo (AST)
Nicolas Edet (COF)
Cesare Benedetti (BOA)
Thomas De Gendt (LTS)
Alessandro De Marchi (BMC)
Jeremy Roy (FDJ)
Due to the hectic weather conditions, the race organisation has decided to change the planned course. Indeed from km 45 to km 75, the riders will head south and return to the normal course just before the first climb of the day, the Côte de la Roche en Ardenne.
|11:11||Richie Porte: «The goal will be to finish»|
The Australian leader of the BMC team isn't a natural favourite on La Doyenne. Speaking to letour.fr, Porte starts the classic with only one goal in mind. “I've only taken part in the race twice and I never reached the finish. But this is an Olympic year and Rio will be one of my major objectives. I wanted to compete in more one-day races to be ready. The goal will be to finish. The last 70kms are really very hard. After the Tour of Catalunya, I trained hard and the shape is good.”
|11:08||Gap grows for front 7|
The leading group of 7 can now enjoy a 1' lead at km 18.
Seven men have managed to break away from the pack: Brutt (TNK), Tiralongo (AST), Edet (COF), Benedetti (BOA), De Gendt (LTS), De Marchi (BMC) and Roy (FDJ).
Frenchman Julien Loubet of the Fortuneo Vital Concept team has quit the race after only a few kilometres of racing.
|10:40||Pack still bunched|
After 4kms of riding, the pack remains bunched.
The official start has just been given at 10:29. 200 riders are currenetly racing on the 253kms of the LBL course.
|10:20||200 riders at the start|
All the riders due to start have indeed taken off. 200 men are therefore currently in the peloton heading to the official start.
At the start in Liège the temperature is of 1C°. Snow was noticed on the course but nothing too serious. The rain has stopped falling but should return throughout the race.
|10:16||Off go the riders|
The riders have just left the Place Saint-Lambert in the centre of Liège and will be covering a distance of 6.8kms before reaching km 0, the official start of this 102nd edition.
|09:58||Welcome to Liège-Bastogne-Liège|
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 102nd edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The riders are due to take off from the Place Saint-Lambert at 10:15.
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