February 5 th 2021 - 12:00

On 4 October last year, Primoz Roglic caught his ambitious and eminent opponents off guard, pulling out all the stops to claim his first victory in a classic cycle race. As the first Slovenian to win one of the five “cycling monuments”, Roglic has considerably broadened his prospects while adding his name to the list of Liège-Bastogne-Liège winners.

This gripping finale validated the organisers' decision to keep Quai des Ardennes as the finish. Indeed, the site could become an established feature of “La Doyenne” due to its close proximity to the final difficulty of the course, the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, as well as to its 900 m finishing straight. Whilst the first half of the 2021 course conforms to a tried and tested format, the return from Bastogne, after the customary sequence of four hills in less than 20 km (Mont-le-Soie, Wanne, Stockeu, Haute-Levée), will be ramped up with the introduction of the Côte de Desnié (1.6 km with an average gradient of 8.1%) as the riders exit a small valley just after the town of Spa. This new section will serve as a gruelling prelude to the impressive and iconic Côte de la Redoute. In these ever more demanding conditions, there is little doubt that this 107th edition will give the climbers and punchers a run for their money. These exceptional champions come to Liège to win and to leave their mark.

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