There is less than 100 days until the 100th
edition of LiègeBastogneLiège, a great classic in the world of
cycling, gets underway.
Most of the climbs that pepper the course
and show not all of Belgium is flat will be back on 27 April 2014,
making it an edition to remember from both a sporting and a
historical point of view.
The Côte des Forges, so decisive in the
1980s, and the Roche-aux-Faucons, which made its debut in 2008,
will feature in the 100th edition alongside the legendary climbs
of Stockeu, La Redoute and Saint-Nicolas, which helped forge the
legend of the race.
For the one hundredth time, the riders
will dream of adding their names to the honour list of a race they
covet because it rewards all-rounders and must be earned like no
The cyclists burn with ambition to follow
in the footsteps of all the winners, from Léon Houa in 1892 to Dan
Martin in 2013, who wrote 99 episodes of a fantastic legend: Eddy
Merckx and the five victories that earned him a stela on Stockeu;
Bernard Hinault, who counted his second victory in the snowy 1980
edition among his greatest exploits; Ferdi Kübler, Stan Ockers,
Jacques Anquetil, Sean Kelly and all the Italians so present in
the Province of Liège, which became a home away from home for
Three countdown clocks were started in Bastogne,
Liège and Ans with 100 days to go until the race. The Doyenne is
set to receive all sorts of tributes over the next few weeks: TV
clips, an exhibition, books, T-shirts, a vintage-style publicity
caravan and the LiègeBastogneLiège Challenge cyclotourist ride
the day before the race.
Its young neighbour, the Flèche Wallonne, will
also give an original hat-tip to the old lady who keeps on getting
better with age, taking the start from Bastogne!
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