Key moments

Stage summary23.04.2017

Valverde, king in the Ardennes

Four days after winning his fifth Flèche wallonne, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) dominated Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the fourth time in his career Sunday, equalling Moreno Argentin's tally, only one shy of Eddy Merckx's record. El Imbatido, once again winner ahead of Dan Martin, couldn't contain his emotions on a day that began with a tribute to the late Michele Scarponi. For Valverde, this a third double Flèche-Liège after 2006 and 2015.

read more

"The prizes from this victory go to Michele Scarponi's family. This is the most special of my four wins on Liège-Bastogne-Liège, due to the circumstances. I'm sure that from above Michele gave me a push to go for this win. We worked a lot with the team from kilometre 0 before getting the win with a strong attack in the final. It's a race for the books of history after a perfect week. I think we were all at the limit in the end. Martin went very strong, I calculated my distance and decided...

read more

"We did a great race and we were beaten by someone better. On Wednesday, I was not happy with myself because I thought I mage a mistake but today very I'm very happy with the way I rode, and the team too. They rode out of their skin for me. I went for a strong attack in the finale. I waited for the moment Alejandro (Valverde) was a bit boxed in. I thought I'd catch him by surprise. I gave my all. Once he came past me, I just hoped there was nobody else coming. Of course it would be better...

read more

"The pace of the bunch was so high everybody was struggling even in the wheels. We took control near Bastogne to try and help Movistar chase the breakaway. In the last 100 km, everybody was making the race harder and we tried to adapt to that. In the final, it would be nice to sit in Alejandro (Valverde)'s wheel or Dan Martin but I was too far back for sure. I was thinking I had  enough legs to jump in anyone's wheel. I felt comfortable in Saint-Nicolas, it seemed that I had everything...

read more

Newsflashes (Local time)

16:52The top 5

Results of the 103rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

2. Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)

3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)

4. Michael Matthews (Sunweb)

5. Jon Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

16:50Alejandro Valverde wins his 4th Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) outpowered Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) in the final hundred metres to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the fourth time after 2006, 2008 and 2015. Michal Kwiatkoswki (Sky) is third on the finish line.

16:48Martin in the lead

Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) drops Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) with 500 m to go. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is chasing him.

16:47Last kilometre, Martin goes

Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) accelerates behind Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac).

16:46Fraile goes in pursuit

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) jumps out of the peloton to try and join Davide Formolo with 2 km to go.

16:453 kilometres to fo

Orica-Scott leads the chase 9 seconds behind Formolo. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) also has a teammate working. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) is there.

16:43Formolo goes for it

Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) accelerated in the downhill. About 25 riders are chasing him with 4 km to go.

16:428 riders at the summit

Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) joined Henao and Albasini with 5.5 km to go.

16:41Henao goes with Albasini

Sergio Henao (Sky) atttacks with Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) with 6 km to go.

16:40It's over for Rossetto and Wellens

Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) leads the race in the côte de Saint-Nicolas.

16:38Climbing Saint-Nicolas

The gap at the bottom: 10 seconds.

16:37Rossetto suffers

Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) tries to keep Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)'s wheel just one kilometre away from the bottom of the côte de Saint-Nicolas. The gap is up to 15 seconds.

16:35Rossetto and Wellens at the front

The bunch is 10 seconds behind the two leaders with 9 km to go.

16:34Altogether for the last 10 km

The bunch brings the chasers back except for Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal). Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) is only 10 seconds away with 10 km to go.

16:31Moscon and Rojas pull the peloton

Gianni Moscon (Sky) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) lead the chase in the bunch with 13 km to go.

16:29Kreuziger, Vuillermoz, Wellens...

The chasing group: Roman Kreuziger (Roica-Scott), Damiano Caruso (BMC), Sam Oomen (Sunweb), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe), Davide Villella and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal).

They are chasing Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) with a delay of 15" with 14 km to go. The bunch is 10 seconds further behind.

16:2610 chasers

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) leads a chasing group with Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale), Roman Kreuziger (Orica-Scott), two riders from Cannondale-Drapac... They're only 15 seconds behind Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis).

16:24It's over for Perez

AAnthony Perez (Cofidis) gave his all for Stéphane Rossetto, who has a lead of 30 seconds over the peloton with 17 km to go.

16:23Very strong effort in the peloton

Roman Kreuziger (Orica-Scott) maintained a high pace up to the summit of the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. The Cofidis duo's lead is down to 30 seconds!

16:21Sergio Henao attacks

Sergio Henao (Sky) attacks in the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) follows him with a rider from BMC. Roman Kreuziger (Orica-Scott) bridges the gap with most of the favorites following him.

16:18Rossetto accelerates in the chasing group

Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) tries to bridge the gap with his teammate Anthony Perez at the front of the race. None of his companions can follow him.

16:17La Roche-aux-Faucons

Anthony Perez (Cofidis) tackles the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons ( with a 20" lead over Tiago Machado (Katusha), Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot) and Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie). The gap with the peloton is down to 2 minutes.

16:152 minutes

The peloton is quickly getting back. Last gap: 2'10 with 25 km to go.

16:1225 km to go

Anthony Perez (Cofidis) keeps on with his solo effort. Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors) leads a twitchy peloton on the way to the côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

16:09Perez keeps going

Anthony Perez (Cofidis) maintains a 25" lead over his former breakaway companions with 27 km to go. The gap with the peloton is down to 3 minutes.

16:04The counter-attack is caught

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Omar Fraile and Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and Gianluca Brambilla (Quick-Step Floors) are cuaght by a reduced bunch after the côte de la Redoute.

Almost four minutes ahead, Anthony Perez (Cofidis) keeps going with his solo effort 30 km away from the finish.

16:00Sebastian Henao accelerates, Valverde follows

Sebastian Henao (Sky) attacks from the peloton and initiates a first counter-attack. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) joins them, quickly followed by the rest of the favorites. Roman Kreuziger (Orica-Scott) tries to bring some order in the final part of the côte de la Redoute.

15:57Machado drops his companions

Tiago Machado (Katusha) goes solo in pursuit of Anthony Perez (Cofidis) in the final slopes of the côte de la Redoute.

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) set the pace for the chasing group, 3'50 behind the leader.

15:54Perez attacks

Anthony Perez (Cofidis) accelerates in the côte de la Redoute. Tiago Machado (Katusha) leads the chase. Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) is dropped.

The seven chasers are at 4'20, the peloton at 4'45.

15:5325 seconds

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Omar Fraile and Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and Gianluca Brambilla (Quick-Step Floors) enjoy a 25" lead over the peloton on the way to the côte de la Redoute.

15:50La Redoute

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) just began climbing the côte de La Redoute (2km, 8.9%).

15:48De Marchi, Haas, Brambilla...

Here are the seven riders who attacked: Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Omar Fraile and Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and Gianluca Brambilla (Quick-Step Floors).

CHristopher Juul Jensen (Orica-Scott) leads the chase in the peloton.

15:44Strong counter-attack

Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) attacks at the top of the Col du Maquisard. Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) follows with a teammate and riders from Bora-Hansgrohe, BMC, Quick-Step Floors and Movistar.

15:406 minutes on the Col du Maquisard

The pack reaches the bottom of the Col du Maquisard and Tiago Machado (Katusha) is the first at the summit. Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) lost a few metres in the last part of the climb but quickly came back.

Christopher Juul Jensen (Orica-Scott) sets the pace in the peloton with a rider from Quick-Step Floors.

15:3250 kilometres to go

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) are about to tackle the col du Maquisard. Then, it will be time for the much anticipated côte de la Redoute.

Last gap: 6'10.

15:28The gap is down to 6'30

The peloton, led by Rory Sutherland for Movistar and Petr Vakoc for Quick-Step Floors, summited the col du Rosier with a delay of 6'30.

15:26The average speed drops down

The leaders covered 35 km in the fifth hour with several climbs on the route. The average speed is down to 40 km/h.

15:23Vichot: "I feel much better than last year"

French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) often suffered on the roads of the Doyenne an hopes to turn his luck around. "Last year I was sick so I feel much better now of course, I'm in a good shape", he told "But the strategy when you're not a favorite is just to follow the strongest riders as long as possible. Then, it's hard to foresee what will happen, we'll see on the moment. It will be all about instincts."

15:18Atop the col du Rosier

Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) appeared to be suffering but managed to hold on to the leading group in the col du Rosier.

Last gap with the peloton: 7'05.

15:14Barguil: "Wait and see what I kind do in the finale"

Warren Barguil (Sunweb), who finished 6th last year, explained what kind of race he expects this time: "There will be some selection in the Redoute and that's where you can't miss out. Then the race will play out in the cute de la Roche-aux-Faucons, for instance. For sure Valverde is very strong and has a very good team, but he got trapped last year because he was alone. In the team, we'll have several cards, with Tom Dumoulin for example, and my goal is to wait and see what I can...

15:10Barguil and Pantano are back

Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) make it back to the peloton after their incidents.

15:09Pantano crashes

Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) suffers a spectacular crash but quickly gets back on his bike. He's with Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and goes to his team car for some assistance.

15:07Movistar back in control, Barguil in trouble

Alejadnro Valverde's teammates lead the peloton on the way to the Col du Rosier (km 198). Warren Barguil (Sunweb) is chasing behind the pack.

15:02Cataldo drops out

Dario Cataldo (Astana) abandons.

15:01Pantano: "Liège suits me better than the Flèche"

Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) told he is eager to enjoy his leadership today: "It's a very hard race and also a very long one, with six hours and a half of racing. Liège suits me better than the Flèche, where the finale is for really explosive riders. I have good sensations and we hope to be there at the front. Felline is also very motivated for a good result, as much as I am. We want to have a rider in the break, and then Felline and I will try and go for it in the finale....

14:598'15 at the top

The peloton climbed the côte de la Ferme Libert 40 seconds faster than the leaders.

14:57De Plus sets the pace

Laurens De plus (Quick-Step Floors) sets the pace in the côte de la Ferme Libert and riders such as Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) and Gregory Daniel (Trek-Segafredo) are dropped.

14:55The pack gets back to Gerrans and Chérel

Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) and Mikael Chérel (AG2R La Mondiale) are caught by the peloton at the bottom of the côte de la Ferme Libert, 8'55 behind the leaders.

14:48De Gendt abandons

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), who was the first rider to attack today, drops out of the 103rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

14:47The leaders in the Ferme Libert

The eight leaders are facing the very demanding côte de la Ferme Libert (1.2km, 12,1%).

Nine minutes behind them, Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) keeps up with his effort, a few seconds ahead of the peloton with Mikael Chérel (AG2R La Mondiale).

14:43Gerrans attacks

Former winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) attacks in the côte de Bellevaux. Mikael Chérel (AG2R La Mondiale) follows his move.

14:41Kennaugh abandons

Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) loses a teammate with Peter Kennaugh droping out of the race.

Meanwhile, Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) suffered a crash in the peloton.

14:38Under 10 minutes

The peloton seriously accelerated while the break was maintaining a high pace in the côte de Bellevaux. They'll soon tackle the côte de la Ferme Libert.

14:32Debesay in trouble

Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) set a high pace during the côte de Pont, eventually dropping Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data).

14:27Four hours above 40km/h

The average speed of the eight leaders is up to 41.2km/h after four hours of racing.

The break is now in the côte de Pont.

14:23Matthews: "I really enjoy this sort of races"

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) told what makes Liège such a special race for him: "We did a recon of the last 100 km and these very steep climbs will make it interesting, and hopefully fun. I'm definitely not a pure sprinter. I'm not gonna beat the guys like Kittel and Cavendish on a flat race. I really enjoy this sort of races, where it's really aggressive all day. That's why I come to this sort race, I really enjoy it. We have a really good rider for tomorrow with Warren (Barguil)...

14:17100 kilometres to go, 11 minutes

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) maintain their lea over the peloton.

14:13Quick-Step work too

One of Dan Martin's teammates comes to the front fo the peloton to help Sky and Movistar riders.

14:07New trilogy

The break is on the way to three new climbs: the côte de Pont (km 168), the côte de Bellevaux (km 172) and the côte de la Ferme Libert (km 180). The latter is viewed as the hardest one of this trilogy that comes instead of the usual run through Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée. The côte de la Ferme Libert is the steepest, with an average slope of 12.1% over 1.2km, and leads the riders to a very narrow road.

14:03The gap sabilises

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) maintain a 11'15 lead over a peloton still led by Movistar and Sky.

13:56Van der Breggen goes for the hat-trick

Already winner of the Amstel Ladies and the Flèche wallonne Femmes, Olympic champion Anna Van Der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) just won the first edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes. Elizabeth Deignan (Boels Dolmans) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3) follow her on the podium, as they did on the Amstel and the Flèche.

13:50Fraile: "Put on a show"

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) has a teammate in the break and might go himself for a later attack. "I always get excited for a Monument. Last year, it was hard because of the weather and everything, and it will be a different race this year", he told "I'm getting a good shape on the way to the Giro. I hope I have good legs and I can put on a show. I want to be there in the important moves. Nathan (Haas) has been good lately, Igor (Anton) is also in a good shape. It's a long race,...

13:44The gap slowly gets down

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue)'s lead is down to 11'10 at km 127.

13:38Impey drops out

Daryil Impey (Orica-Scott) abandons after his earlier crash. This is the third year in a row the South-African rider doesn't make it to the finish on Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

13:30Van Avermaet: "I'm not in the top form but good enough"

Greg Van Avermaet, who already finished 7th of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2011, believes he still has the legs for a strong performance today, two weeks after dominating Paris-Roubaix. "Every year my big goal is Flanders with Roubaix. I've already had a good Spring, but I'm still motivated", the Olympic champion told "I know the area and the race really well, I hope I can do something. I'm still in a good condition, not the top form but good enough to do something. Other riders...

13:29Impey crashes

Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) is chasing behind the peloton after crashing in a narrow turn.

13:28Third hour

The average speed of the eight leaders is at 41.1 km/h with 123.4 km covered after three hours of racing.

13:2712'05 at the summit

The pack makes it atop the côte de Saint-Roch with a delay of 12'05 over the leaders.

13:16Kwiato's teammates at the front

Riders from Sky are now helping Movistar riders to control the race. Last gap: 12'25 at km 109.

At the front of the race, Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal) was the first rider summiting the côte de Saint-Roch.

13:10Second climb

The leaders are facing the Côte de Saint-Roch (1 km, 11,2%).

13:07Pardini is back in the peloton

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) is back in the peloton, 12'25 behind the leaders after 103 km. The Belgian has been riding alone for almost 90 kilometres.

12:5410 km to go to Saint-Roch

The eight leaders are at km 103.5, on their way to the second climb of the day, the côte de Saint-Roch (1 km, 11.2%).

12:52Sanchez… almost as good as Valverde

After 14 participations, Samuel Sanchez (BMC) achieved as many Top-10 finishes as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): 6. But Valverde made it to the podium every time (and won three times), while Sanchez' best result at Ans is a 4th place (in 2004 and 2016).

"I had good feelings at La Flèche Wallonne", Sanchez said, coming back to racing after injuring his hand in a nasty crash during the Vuelta al Pais vasco. "For me, it was the perfect test to arrive in top condition for...

12:49The gap keeps rising: 13'25

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) enjoy a 13'25 lead as the peloton is getting close to Bastogne.

12:42Turning point

The leaders made it to Bastogne (km 94) and will now engage in the much harder way back to Liège, with nine climbs left to face. The next one will be the côte de Saint-Roch at km 116.

12:3311 minutes

The gap keeps rising 90 kilometres into the race.

12:27Second hour

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) covered 42 km in the second hour of racing. Their average speed is up to 41.7 km/h.

Meanwhile, Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) seems to have given up on his hopes of getting in the break.

12:24First abandon

Kenneth Van Rooy (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) is out of the race after 74 km.

12:21Valverde wants help from Sky

Movistar maintain the gap around 10 minutes so far but Alejandro Valverde told he expects Sky to work with them today: "There is a hot favorite, Kwiatkowski. Let's see if with two teams we can control the race. It will a be a hard day but the team feels good, I feel good and we're going for it. The route changes a little bit but not so much. The real difference is the cobbled kilometre they took out of the finale this year."

12:13CORRECTION - Pardini loses ground again

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) almost bridged the gap, with a delay down to 5 seconds, but is now losing ground again due to the amount of energy he already spent.

12:11Pardini joins the lead

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) makes it to the front of the race after a 60-km solo effort.

12:08Merckx, the example for GVA and Kwiatko

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) are both trying to emulate Eddy Merckx with a second Monument win this Spring. The Belgian winner of Paris-Roubaix can be the first rider since 1973 to conquer Liège-Bastogne-Liège the same year. For the Polish winner of Milan - Sanremo, doubling with the Doyenne would be a first since 1975.

12:07Perez leads at the first summit

Anthony Perez (Cofidis) leads the break atop the first climb of the day, the côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne.

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) has almost joined the leaders. The gap with the peloton reaches a new maximum: 10'15.

11:59Pardini: "A child's dream"

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) does not give up despite a difficult situation for himself, chasing alone behind the eight leaders. The 31-yo Belgian told La Dernière Heure this first participation in Liège-Bastogne-Liège is "a child's dream. When you're from Liège, you're extra motivated to ride this Monument. The goal is to be in the breakaway, as I did Wednesday on the Flèche wallonne. It's the goal for everyone in the team as we have no-one able to challenge the favorites in the...

11:5810 km between the leaders and the peloton

The pack makes it to km 50 while the eight leaders are at km 60.

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) is now 50 seconds behind the leaders.

11:46The break waits for Pardini

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) set an easier pace to allow Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) to join them. Last gap: 40 seconds.

11:40Almost 10 minutes

The gap gets up to 9'50 as the peloton reaches km 45.

11:34Previous podiums: Valverde and the others

Out of a 11 participations, Alejandro Valverde finished on the podium of Liège-Bastogne-Liège six times, including his three wins. He is the only rider with multiple podium finishes riding the Doyenne today. Two other former winners are participating: Dan Martin (2013) and Simon Gerrans (2014). Michael Albasini (2nd in 2016), Rui Costa (3rd in 2016), Michal Kwiatkowski (3rd in 2014) and Enrico Gasparotto (3rd in 2012) also achieved podium finishes in Ans.

11:3241.4 km in the 1st hour

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) covered 41.4 km.

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) is back 2'15 behind them.

11:24The gaps keep rising

Olivier Pardoni (WB Veranclassic)'s delay over the breakaway is up to 2'45. The gap with the peloton rises to 8'30 as the Movistar-led pack reaches km 35.

11:17A 5-km gap

The breakaway is travelling through Werbomont, at km 35.5. The peloton is 5 kilomtres behind, in Houssonloge.

Meanwhile, Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) keeps up with his effort in pursuit of the leaders.

11:1460 years ago, two winners in extreme conditions

In its special edition dedicated to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure recalls the mighty race of 1957, when riders faced extreme weather conditions. "Out of 242 riders enrolled on the start list, only 107 contenders showed up at the start", Eric de Falleur writes. "At mid race in Bastogne, half of those braves had abandoned." Snow was not the only obstacle on the race, as riders were blocked at a train crossing. This incident led to the other specificity of the...

11:05More than 6 minutes

Movistar leads the pack with a delay of 6'15 at km 25.

11:03Pardini loses ground

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) is chasing alone and the gap is up to 1'30.

10:57The gaps open

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) have a lead of 1'10 over Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) and 3' over the peloton at km 21.

Movistar sets an easy pace in the bunch.

10:54The peloton lets go

The peloton reaches km 20 with a delay of 2 minutes.

10:53Pardini chases

Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) tries to bridge the gap with the eight leaders. The Belgian rider has a delay of 30" at km 17.

10:46The gap increases

The leaders are travelling at km 14 with a lead of 30 seconds.

10:44The eight leaders

Tiago Machado (Katusha), Anthony Perez and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data), Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) and Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue) are working together at the front of the race with a lead of 20 seconds over the peloton

10:36Eight attackers

A group of attackers managed to open a 50-metres gap over the peloton at km 7.

10:32The peloton is back

Two riders, from Cofidis and Dimension Data, join Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) in the front at km 5. The peloton is right behind them and finally gets back to them.

10:27De Gendt goes first

Out of the 200 riders on the start line, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) is the first to go for the attack, at km 0. The peloton chases behind him.

10:25The race is on!

The pack has reached km 0 and can now battle it out for the 103rd edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège!

10:24Climbs challenge

The riders will face ten climbs today on their way to Ans. This hilly route will determine the winner of the 103rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège and also a winner of the Climbs Challenge. The first "côte" of the day is at km 70. Eight of the climbs are in the 90 last kilometres.

10:11On the way

The pack is on the move, with a 6.8-km parade leading to the proper start, set at 10:25. The Astana riders are still leading the way.

10:09Tribute to Scarponi

The eight Astana riders competing today, all wearing a black armband, gathered at the front of the peloton and a minute of applauses was celebrated as an hommage to their companion Michele Scarponi, who passed away on Saturday after a tragic accident involving a car during a training session. The 37 yo Italian rider was preparing for the upcoming Giro d'Italia, the race he beloved. He also had good results on Liège-Bastogne-Liège, with four Top-10 finishes in six participations.


The 103rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège is about to kick-off from Liège with a 6.8-km parade set at 10:10 to lead the riders to the proper start at 10:25. Then, a very demanding 258-km route will offer the strongest riders many opportunities to battle for the win in the last major classic of this Spring.

Official Timekeeper


Honours list 2017


Receive exclusive news about Liège Bastogne Liège

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes

Partners of Liège-Bastogne-Liège