Next up we have Tour de France winner and third placed rider, Tadej Pogacar:
“I have a bit mixed feelings after that finish. I felt really good all day, my team really worked hard for me, then in the finish I felt good, I started sprinting and saw myself in good position. I saw the line and said to myself ‘I go for the win, I go for the win’, then just one moment changes everything, and I’m thinking ‘I’m going to crash, I’m going to crash’.
“But then I stayed on the bike and I crossed the line in fourth place but they disqualified Alaphilippe and I got third, so a bit of mixed feelings right now. Last year was my debut, I was 18th and felt super good about the race. To be today here in the finale to battle for victory is really amazing and for sure I want to come back and fight again.”
Here’s runner-up Marc Hirschi
Actually I had a really good day, my shape is still good so I’m happy about that. I don’t know about the sprint – I didn’t see the images so it’s hard to say something about it. I had good legs but it’s hard to say something because I didn’t see the sprint on TV.For sure he took my wheel. Just the way that Alaphilippe sprinted, I was really close on his back wheel, and it can happen. I was close on his wheel and he moved a little bit, but yeah
It’s my second time here now. I knew that after the Tour my shape was good, but I didn’t expect something like this. I will try to come back to win. It’s a really nice race and I look forward to next year.
Here’s our story on what happened with Alaphilippe at the finish.
Pogacar and Hirschi are on the podium as we await the winner, Primoz Roglic.
We will have updated results for you shortly.
You can find our report, results, and photos, right here.
So that means Pogacar moves up and makes the podium. That was the right call from the officials.
We’re now hearing that Alaphilippe has been relegated to fifth.
Let’s hear from the winner:
“It’s unbelievable. It was so close. It goes to show you can never stop believing and never stop pushing until the last centimetre. It was the first time I did the oldest race in the calendar. It was on my wish list to win a Monument. I’m super happy I managed to win.”
No podium yet, which makes me think that the officials are looking at the sprint. Alaphilippe is leaving the finish…
That move from Alphilippe also ruined the sprint for Pogacar. Surely the race officials will look at that.
We’ll wait to see if there’s any dispute regarding Alaphilippe’s sprint.
For now it looks like Alaphilippe has second place. Hirschi finished third and Pogacar fourth. Nice cameo from Mohoric too, to take fifth.
Roglic is being congratulated for his win and fair play to him. Some would have ended their seasons after what happened at the Tour but he’s picked himself up and come back to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
I can see Alphilippe losing second because he moved right off his line there. Lets see.
Here’s the top ten for now
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 6:32:02
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 6:32:02
3 Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 6:32:02
4 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 6:32:02
5 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain McLaren 6:32:04
6 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 6:32:16
7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling 6:32:16
8 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team Sunweb 6:32:16
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 6:32:16
10 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 6:32:16
Well will Alaphillippe even take second because that move in front of Hirschi looked dodgy to me. He then celebrated too soon and Roglic takes the biggest one-day win of his career.
Alaphilippe leads out, Hirschi pulls a foot and then Alaphilippe celebrates too soon and Roglic take the win. Incredible.
Alaphilippe leads out but Roglic is coming, there’s almost a fall. Who won that!?
And Mohoric is leading. He’s come from no where!
1.3km to go and Alaphilippe has Hirschi on his wheel. Who will attack first? Surely Roglic has to try but now Hirschi takes over with before Alaphilippe and then Roglic move to the front. Now they slow down…
This is a short but technical descent for the four leaders as their advantage moves out to 23 seconds as Van der Poel continues to lead the chase.
The gap is stable at 20 seconds but we still have 4.7km remaining.
Alaphilippe is probably the favourite for this sprint as things stand with 5.6km to go.
7km to go and right now this is down to the four leaders, assuming they don’t mess around in the finale. They have 19 seconds and for now they’re working well.
Kwiatkowski is about to be caught by the Van der Poel group.
Pogacar and Roglic have a chance here because Hirschi and Alaphilippe are just concentrating on each other.
Van der Poel is trying to bring this all back together for a sprint but he can’t do it all on his own.
We’re down to four riders but their gap is just 21 seconds. 10km to go.
10.9km to go and Hirschi attacks. Kwiatkowski has been dropped and so have the two Slovenians – briefly. We’re down to four riders as Van der Poel drags a huge group with him a bit further back.
This is possibly the best break of the year with Pogacar, Roglic, Kwiatkowski, Alaphilippe and Hirschi.
Then we have Woods.
And then a group with Van der Poel, Porte, and D Martin.
Kwiatkowski makes it five leaders with 12km to go as Woods is struggling to make contact.
Pogacar and Woods are about to make it five leaders on the descent with 13km to go.
Roglic makes it three leaders.
Hirschi responds and catches the world champion.
13.8km and Alaphilippe attacks.
We still have Dumoulin leading at the front with the race strung out behind him.
Alaphilippe is still second wheel but we still have about 20 riders in this group.
And Dumoulin takes over at the front with 14.4km to go.
Here we go, onto the final climb of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
There are so many riders still in contention at this point with 15km to go as Roglic and Pogacar move up.
It’s QuickStep once more at the front with Alaphilippe in second wheel., Kwiatkowski and then Hirschi.
The final climb isn’t that long but it’s the perfect launchpad for a final attack.
Meanwhile, here are the results from stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia.
18km to go and it’s just the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons to come as Trek move to the front once more.
We’re about 5km from the final climb but still a lot of firepower left in the field. Van der Poel still has a lot of teammates left in the peloton.
Just the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons to come as Wellens is the next rider to attack.
Alaphilippe has made it to Costa but they’re caught.
Benoit Cosnefroy can’t change gear! That’s his chances gone as we crest the climb with 22km to go.
LL Sanchez attacks with 23km to go and Rui Costa is going after him as Albasini is passed. They’re al looking back though.
Roglic is about to be brought up by Dumoulin. Something is brewing here…
Dan Martin is near the front too, and a former winner of this race, as we see Albasini hold that modest lead over the peloton.
Onto the climb now of the Côte des Forges with 24km to go.
The Mitchelton rider has a small gap but it’s only just a few seconds as we fast approach the Côte des Forges.
We’ve seen major attacks on the Côte des Forges before and it’s coming up soon as Albasini, in his last race as a pro, attacks. Lets see what he can do.
Alaphilippe has two teammates and he’ll want to use them wisely with two more climbs still to come.
29km to go
Former winner Poels is about to be dropped, Landa is struggling too, as well as Uran.
Dries Devenyns is still setting the pace for his teammate and world champion, with Hirschi and Kwiatkowski, and Dumoulin. Van der Poel is still there though and he’s a real danger if this comes down to a small group/sprint.
Over the top of the climb and still nothing from the favourites but the pace from Dries Devenyns was so good it was almost impossible to attack. He’s still on the front at the moment with 33km to go.
The rain starts again with 35km to go as a few more gaps appear in the bunch. Martin, Schachmann and Dumoulin are all in contention at this point too.
Pogacar and Roglic are both at the front with Dries Devenyns setting the pace.
Now QuickStep take over at the front of the peloton with Kwiatkowski looking good as the best riders in the world spread over the road and watch each other.
Here comes Sunweb and Hirschi as they lead the peloton on the climb and Schar is brought back. Riders are dropping like flies now at the back as the bunch are reduced to about 35 riders. Hirschi is second wheel and Alaphilippe is on his wheel. Uran, Woods, Porte and van der Poel are all there.
Finally, after a huge effort, Pedersen pulls over. An incredible ride from the former world champion today as Schar hit the lower slopes of the Côte de la Redoute with a 19 second gap over the peloton.
38km to go
Schar only has 27 seconds and we’re not even on the climb yet with 38km to go. The cars are pulled out and several teams are fighting for position at the front of the peloton.
We have a few more drops of rain but nothing too heavy as we head towards
Côte de la Redoute – one of the most iconic climbs in cycling. Schar has 58 seconds as he descends to the base of the climb but he will be swallowed up on the ascent, almost definitely.
A number of riders want to be clear before we reach Côte de la Redoute in order to help their team leaders later in the race but the peloton comes back together again.
43km to go
Schär is rapidly losing time with his advantage at 1’30 with 44km to go as Lotto Soudal and CCC attack together.
A little closer to the front and Hirschi is on Impey’s wheel as the entire peloton is lined out by QuickStep with 45km to go.
Alaphilippe is still shaking his head as we see him in the middle of the pack as Schär crests another climb with his lead at 2’25 and QuickStep set the pace.
48km to go
Pedersen leads the bunch onto the Col du Maquisard with 48km to go as a few more riders are distanced by the peloton. Benoot is near the back but he looks comfortable for now as we see Elosegui caught by the bunch.
We’ve still got quite a large bunch with about 60 riders left with 51km to go. EF have numbers, so too do Cofidis, Ineos and Sunweb. Roglic is still holding firm around 30 riders back and he’s a real favourite for today.
With his team leader out of the race Schär is making this a solo TT with nothing to lose. At this stage he should make it to Côte de la Redoute before we see major fireworks in the peloton.
Mader has been snaffled up by the bunch so it’s just Schär out there now but he’s moved his advantage out to 2’33. We are now approaching the Col du Maquisard with 54km to go and four climbs remaining.
Back in the main field and van der Poel is currently glued to Roglic’s rear wheel as we see a few more pre-race favourites move up. It’s still Pederens leading the peloton right now and the Dane is doing a huge job for his Trek teammates.
Mader has been dropped by Schär with 62km to go as back with the peloton former world champion Mads Pedersen sets the pace. Schär has 1’33.
Onto the Col du Rosier and this 4.4km climb has an average gradient of 5.9 per cent.
Tom Steels is getting a proper work out today as he gives Alaphilippe another bike. No idea what was wrong with the last one but it wasn’t right, obviously.
In better news… the sun is out with 70km to go as Mader and Schär lead the way with 70km to go as one by one the rest of the break are gobbled up by the peloton.
Alaphilippe takes a new bike with 70km to go. He was in the tumble that took down Valgren and Caruso earlier on and now his team car have left him to chase on his own. He doesn’t look too happy.
Adam Yates is apparently out of the race due to crash but we didn’t see him go down as we see Barguil, who was in a crash, sitting at the back of the peloton. It’s all Trek Segafredo at the front right now, as they look to do the double after Deignan won earlier in the day.
Mader is about to make contact with Schär and these two are clearly the strongest at this point as we see Alaphilippe looking back for his team car. 72km to go.
The climbs come thick and fast and the break once again splinters on the Côte de la Haute-Levée with Schär still leading the way with 74km to go.
Schär has now gone clear of the leading group as Trek, with Pedersen, lift the pace at the front of the peloton as Schär opens up a very small gap on the rest of the break.
What’s left of the lead group have hit the lower slopes of the
Col de Stockeu with 79km to go and the gap at 1’55.
That crash was near the front of the race and it looks like wrist for Caruso (right) and a right shoulder for Valgren.
A big crash and Alaphilippe has been involved this time with around 8-9 riders. Valgren and Caruso are both down with the Dane sitting on the group and Caruso holding his wrist with 80km to go. Alaphilippe is back and racing but it doesn’t look good for the other two mentioned. Barguill also went down.
QuickStep have taken over at the front one more as another batch of riders are distanced at the back of the peloton. It’s currently the youngster Mauri Vansevenant doing all the work at the front after his hugely impressive ride at Fleche.
A problem for Landa too, who was caught up when the field came to a stop as the road narrowed. Up ahead and Elosegui has attacked from the break as Landa starts to come back through the team cars.
Ourselin has also been dropped by the break so that leaves us with seven riders in the front group.
Alaphilippe has moved up to third wheel as we see Froome is slipping back with 85km to go.
Onto the Côte de Wanne and Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation) lifts the pace as the gap to the bunch drops to just 2’03 with 88km to go. This climb is relatively long with over 3km.
Trek have put a few more riders on the front as they look to position their leader, Richie Porte, who will aiming to become the first Australian to win this race since his former teammate Simon Gerrans.
Up front and the break have 2’19 over the main field as we climb the Côte de Mont-le-Soie.
At the very least Van Avermaet is out of this year’s race as we see him still sat on the side of the road. And confirmation has just come through that the CCC rider is out of the race. That’s a massive blow for both him and CCC.
The Belgian can sit up but he looks in a lot of pain right now. Jay McCarthy
was also taken down and that puts Van Avermaet’s classics plans in serious doubt. Both riders hit a bollard in the middle of the road that had no marshal or signage.
97km to go and Van Avermaet is down. And this doesn’t look good at all.
Nine more climbs and the next one is the Côte de Mont-le-Soie and it’s coming up shortly as the race continues to hot up and Ineos string the peloton out.
It looks like Alaphilippe is coming back through the cars once more as we see him being paced back once more. He has Alex Howes for company as we dip into the final 100km of the race, with the break at 3’07.
Ineos have upped the pace and with the sun peaking through the clouds a few more riders have ditched their rain jackets as we head into the final 100km of racing. The gap to the eight leaders is 3’30.
Riders in the break: Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar Team), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Kenny Molly (Bingoal WB), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Gino Mäder (NTT Pro Cycling).
We can see Alaphilippe at the back of the main field, just coming back through the cars in his rainbow jersey. The former world champion, Mads Pedersen is at the front of the race right now and he’s a dark horse if can get over the climbs. More likely is that he’ll be working for Porte, who looked really good in Fleche a few days ago.
Ineos have put three riders on the front at the moment, which takes the pressure off QuickStep, as we see Dumoulin take off his helmet for a moment at the back of the main field.
Ineos have now hit the front with 124km to go. They have Kwiatkowski in the race, and he’s another main favourite. They also have Chris Froome racing for the first time since the Dauphine. The four-time Tour de France winner will race for Kwiatkowski today before turning his attention back to his Vuelta a Espana prep.
It’s still QuickStep on the front doing all the work but Ineos and Trek Segafredo are in close quarters too with 126km to go.
Here in Liege the rain is starting to fall now as the break continues to plough on at the front of the race. They’re working well but the bunch have kept them under control ever since they went away.
Let’s hear from Grace Brown, who finished on the podium today thanks to superb ride in the final 20km of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
“About halfway through the race there was a quite hard section and technical as well. A break of eight went up the road and we weren’t represented in that, so we started by trying to bring it back, but the gap wasn’t closing. So, I decided to bridge across to the break.
“Lizzie Deignan attacked on La Redoute and got a gap and then I went on the final climb and tried to bridge to Lizzie but didn’t quite make it in the end. Part of your head is like ‘ah I can’t do it’, then the other part is saying; ‘you’re so close, you just need to push harder’.
“It was a real time trial and I know that I’m a stronger time triallist than Lizzie Deignan, but it was hard when the majority of road left was downhill, you have to put out a lot of power to gain anything there. Bittersweet, but really excited to have my first WorldTour podium.”
The peloton are on the climb now and we can see Politt on the front for Israel Start-Up Nation. He sheds his rain jacket as the gap comes down to 4’20 with 130km to go.
The leaders are just on the approach to the second climb of the day, the Côte de Saint-Roch. They still have around 4’30 over the main field.
One rider we’ve not mentioned yet is Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). He stormed to the win in Binckbank yesterday to win both the final stage and the overall. He comes into this race as a huge threat considering the long escape he had yesterday. You can read about his incredible ride from the final stage in Binckbank right here.
Inside the final 150km of racing and the gap to the leaders has dropped slightly and currently stands at 5’00.
The next climb on the route is the Côte de Saint-Roch. We’re about 15km from that point and from then the climbs come thick and fast all the way to the finish in Liege. This race is a real whittling down process, and at the feed coming up we’ll probably see a batch of riders head for the warmth of the team cars. We can see the world champion near the front at the moment and just sitting nicely behind a string of teammates. He’ll be super motivated to do well in his first race since winning Worlds.
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160km to go
Back here in Belgium the race has settled into a relative state of calm with our leaders: Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar Team), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Kenny Molly (Bingoal WB), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Gino Mäder (NTT Pro Cycling) 5’26 clear of the peloton with 160km to go.
Over in Italy stage 2 from the Giro d’Italia is about to kick off and we have complete live coverage with Patrick Fletcher piloting our second CN blimp.
In the men’s race the eight leaders have crested the first climb of the Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne and their advantage is almost at 6 minutes as QuickStep continue to set the pace.
Deignan is now in the lead of the women’s World Cup.
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Back to the men’s race, with 174km to go the gap is up to 5’45.
We’ll have more coverage from the women’s race later on today as we add more results, news and photos. Stay tuned.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Elizabeth Deignan (GBr) Trek-Segafredo||3:29:48|
|2||Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott||0:00:06|
|3||Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo||0:02:19|
|4||Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC Team|
|5||Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans|
|6||Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM||0:02:21|
|7||Marlen Reusser (Swi) Equipe Paule Ka|
|8||Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb|
|9||Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Movistar Team||0:02:26|
|10||Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb||0:03:27|
You can find our women’s race report, results and photos here.
It’s Brown who takes second place after a really brave chase as Ellen van Dijk takes third for Trek.
Lizzie Deignan takes the win.
Just a few hundred meters to go.
1km to go and it looks like Brown is unable to make the catch.
Brown can see Deignan ahead of her. 2.6km to go.
Brown takes another 8 seconds off the gap with 3.9km to go. Just ten seconds for Deignan as we descend to the finish.
These roads on the run-in are so technical but Brown looks the faster of the two at this point with 5.5km to go.
Brown needs a huge effort at this point to make contact with the lone leader from Trek Segafredo. 18 seconds though. The gap is coming down again with 6km to go.
It looks as though Deignan has measured her effort perfectly at this point because the gap is holding at 22 seconds with 6.9km to go.
Back to the women’s race, which is really hotting up, and Deignan is back on the flat roads and holding a 22 second lead with 8.8km to go. She’s gritting her teeth and giving this absolutely everything.
Back to the men’s race for just a moment and the leaders are almost at the base of the first climb, the Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne. Their lead is still around four minutes.
Unless Brown has gone too deep too soon I think she’ll catch Deignan before the finish, with the gap now at 24 seconds will 11.2km to go.
It almost looks over for the Vos group at this point but we still have 12.3km to and it’s hardly flat before the finish with constantly rolling roads. Deignan still has 31 seconds over Brown but the Mitchelton rider is motoring along.
Deignan hits the top of the climb and she has 33 seconds on Brown.
Hannah Barnes is losing ground as Brown hits the hardest part of the climb. 37 seconds so it’s holding. Just.
Brown is flying up this climb and the gap is down to 41 seconds but Deignan still has 660m to climb before she reaches the summit. She’s the faster of the two in the sprint but she will not want company. 36 seconds now!
Grace Brown has now attacked from the chase and the gap is down to 50 seconds. 14km to go. This race is far from over.
Deignan is now onto the last climb of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons as we see Vos try and lift the pace with the chase group at 1’05. These chase riders look cooked with most of them still in their rain gear.
Deignan takes a drink but she’s totally committed to this move and it’s paying off because the gap is now up to 58 seconds with 15km to go and just one proper climb remaining.
With one climb to go Deignan is flying. She has 51 seconds with 18km to go. She’s never won this race, with her best result in 2017 with second but she’s got a huge chance here because the chasing group have only just started to show some urgency.
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At the front of the men’s peloton it’s Deceuninck-Quick Step who are setting the pace and just keeping the leading eight riders in check. We’re on an unclassified climb right now but there are 11 real climbs to come later on in the race.
In the men’s race the gap between the peloton and the eight man break is holding at four minutes with 201km to go.
The chase group have Barnes on the front but it looks like they’re losing time to Deignan, with the gap at 45 seconds. There are 8 chasers in the second group with Vos there, Brown and Harvey too. Deignan has a teammate there to block any attacks and disrupt the chase. 54 seconds now. It looks like the world champion is in the third group on the road.
Deignan has ditched her rain jacket and is looking strong but there’s no time gap yet to the second group.
In the women’s race Deignan is still clear and she’s looking good. She attacked on the penultimate climb and no one could or would go with her. She has 25km to go.
206km to go
Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar Team), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Kenny Molly (Bingoal WB), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Gino Mäder (NTT Pro Cycling) lead with 4’05 over the peloton with 206km to go.
Marc Hirschi, who won Fleche a few days ago leads the line for Sunweb here. He won at a canter a few days ago and once again comes into this race with his confidence high. He’s had a sensational few weeks and will be looking to maintain that momentum.
In the women’s race Deignan is solo with 29km to go.
Given how these guys raced Fleche, you just know that they’re going to attack. Woods was second earlier in the week and has been close to the win in Liege too. Uran is here, and Martinez so there’s real depth present for the American team. Watch out for Bettiol because if he can handle the climbs he could pull off a surprise.
Adam Yates leads the line for Mitchelton Scott here but Impey is in the team and Albasini is making his final appearance before retirement so he’ll want to go out with a flourish. If Yates has anything left after the Tour de France then he’s among the favourites for today.
Schachmann was third last year, so write him off if you dare. He was in fine fettle at the Tour de France, despite his pre-race injury woes, and there’s a strong team around him, including Tour stage winner Kamna.
Maybe the strongest team in the race, with the new world champion and Jungels, who won this race two years ago, as back up. They have Cavagna in their ranks too, so this is really powerful team.
214km remaining and the leaders have 3’55 over the main field. It’s time to take a look at some of the rosters on the startlist today.
Iñigo Elosegui is a first year pro with Movistar and this is his first outing in Liege. He’s a former Spanish u23 road race champion but he’s very much still in the development phase, a bit like the majority of the Movistar roster. Still, this is good experience for the 22-year-old, who enjoys playing the keyboard in his spare time.
Schär is the best-known rider in the break with the CCC domestique heading to AG2R La Mondiale next year alongside Greg Van Avermaet. The Swiss rider, 34, has only raced once since completing the Tour de France but he’s in the early break today, while Van Avermaet saves his powder for later in the race. Normally by now Van Avermaet has his feet up or is racing on fumes in in the Classics but he’s got a great shot today.
You’ll probably know more about Gino Mäder. He’s a super talented 23 year old and finished on the podium in Avenir a few years ago, just behind Pogacar and Arensman. The NTT is rider is now looking for a new team with NTT about 90 per cent certain to shut but there should be no shortage of suitors for the Swiss rider.
Kenny Molly takes a turn on the front of the main field. If you dont know much about him he’s 23 and has a decent little sprint, although he’s yet to take a pro win. He has a penchant for taking KOM points in races and he recently won the KOM competition in the Tour de Slovaquie.
The eight leaders have 4;20 now on the main field with 224km to go.
So to confirm our eight lucky leaders are: Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar Team), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Kenny Molly (Bingoal WB), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Gino Mäder (NTT Pro Cycling). They’ve still got just one a minute over the peloton.
The break realise that it’s now or never and the bunch finally seem to relent, which means that the gap has gone out to just over a minute. It looks like a done deal at this point and that we have today’s break.
It looks like the peloton aren’t done yet, actually, and the gap is down to just 15 seconds with 240km remaining.
31 seconds for our leaders and it looks like that might be our break for the day as the peloton begin to look at each other. Now is the time to attack if you want to bridge over. Anyone? Nope…
And we finally have a break with decent-sized group going clear 15km into the race:
Iñigo Elosegui (Movistar Team), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Kenny Molly (Bingoal WB), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie) and Gino Mäder (NTT Pro Cycling) but Kamp has a mechanical and has been forced to drop back to the peloton.
Landa eludes to the course, which is identical to last year, as we now finish in Liege. It’s worth pointing out that last year’s winner Jakob Fuglsang isn’t here, and neither’s Alejandro Valverde. The former is off racing the Giro d’Italia right now.
Do you want to know what Mikel Landa is thinking about right now? Course you do. Here are his thoughts ahead of the race:
“A Monument like the Liège-Bastogne-Liège gives you always great motivation. The course is similar to 2019 when I took a good 7th place. We will see during the race, according to the feelings and the energies that a tough race like that is requiring and that are left after a period full of demanding challenges, as the Tour de France and the World Championships.”
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Still no attacks by the way. Barry Bonds is perhaps the most famous athlete outside of cycling I’ve met. Did meet John O’Shea in Heathrow once and Martin Keown asked me for directions in Oxford city centre a few years ago. I’ve also met 3/4 of Blue. I say met, it’s usually just about standing in the street and shouting their names until they look at me.
Have to say that Specialized have done a good job with Julian Alaphilippe’s race bike. They’ve included some rainbow colours to celebrate his win from Imola a week ago, and here he is giving a thumbs up, which means that he must like it. To see more photos of him doing a thumbs up and his bike click here. I met Barry Bonds once in Vegas and when I asked for a photo I asked him to do a double thumbs up. Suffice to say I got zero thumbs up.
Back to the men’s race and no attacks so far, as we complete the short neutralized zone and then begin the race. We’re 2km into the action and we’ve had zero attacks.
Once we’ve started and the race settles into some form of pattern we’ll go through the rosters in more detail but until then, take a look the start list. Even with the Giro d’Italia going on right now, we’ve got some incredible talent here, including the new road world champion Julian Alaphilippe. He’s not the only world champion in action today though as Anna Van Der Breggen is racing the women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. We’ll have a race report, news, results and photos from that race later on today and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on the race situation as it unfolds.
257km of racing and here in Liege the temperatures are barely nudging above 12 degrees as we see riders gather on the startline. There’s a bit of wind around – but not too much – but we do have steady rain falling right now. This has all the making of an absolute classic. A classic Classic. It’s early, send coffee.
The riders have already signed on this morning and we’re not far from the official start. The weather isn’t great today, with showers and cold temperatures but we’ve got a stellar start list here in Liege so hopefully that’ll help bring some warmth to what is one of the best one-day races in the World.
Good morning and welcome to our 2020 live coverage from Liège-Bastogne-Liège. We’ll be hear throughout the day with live text action from the second Monument of this season.