Liège-Bastogne-Liège’18: La Doyenne Photo And Video Gallery!

PeloPics: Bob Jungels soloed to career-defining Liège–Bastogne–Liège victory on Sunday. The Luxembourg Champion attacked in the last 20 kilometers and scored the first ever win for Quick-Step Floors in “La Doyenne”.

The Quick-Step Floors team have come close to winning several times in the past, but this year the Belgian team had a wealth of possible team leaders. Created in 1892, the Belgian Classic is the oldest Monument on the calendar and one of the most prestigious races in the world, won in the past by the likes of Ferdi Kübler, Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx or Bernard Hinault. Bob Jungels joined all these illustrious names after attacking over the top of Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, the race’s penultimate hill, with 20 kilometers to go, and holding off a strong chasing group over the iconic Côte de Saint-Nicolas – “The Italian Climb” – and the uphill drag to the finish in the suburb of Ans.

More than half a minute behind – the biggest gap between first and second since 2009 – Michael Woods (Education First-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) rounded out the podium, while Jungels’ teammate Julian Alaphilippe still had enough energy left to sprint for fourth bringing to conclusion a remarkable Ardennes Classics campaign for Quick-Step.

A happy Bob Jungels

Quick-Step Floors increased the lead at the top of the World Tour team standings after “La Doyenne”, having almost 3000 points over the second-placed squad in the classification. At the same time, Niki Terpstra, Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert are all in the top 10.

Full Liège’18 PEZ Race Report HERE and more Liège news in EUROTRASH Monday.

Joaquin ‘Purito’ Rodriguez was in Liège with Bahrain-Merida

And they’re off!

The peloton headed out of Liège

Kilometer 0

BMC’s Alberto Bettiol crashed and broke his clavicle

There was also a lady injured, but it is unknown if the two incidents are connected

Movistar worked hard for Alejandro Valverde

Wout Poels is said to be coming into form, but Sergio Henao was Sky’s best finisher in 9th place

Valverde has a new way of drinking during a race

One of the early climbs

The break of the day

The peloton start to chase

The Ardennes forests

The break climbs the Côte de Saint-Roch

The peloton on the Côte de Saint-Roch

Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings was on the back of the peloton for most of the day

UAE Team Emirate’s Rory Sutherland was on the front for a long time

Tom Dumoulin was looking good for the Giro d’Italia

When Bob Jungels went, he went…

Jungels put time into everyone

Even on the final climb Jungels didn’t look in trouble

Canada’s Michael Woods took a fine second place

Another win for Quick-Step Floors

Woods was told he could win in the Ardennes, maybe next year?

Jelle Vandendert tried to cross to Jungels, but in the end finished in 11th

The sprint for 23rd place by Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) at 3 minutes

Alex Howes spots his Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale teammate, Michael Woods, on the podium

Another trophy for the Quick-Step Floors cabinet

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Result:
1. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors in 6:24:44
2. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 0:37
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:39
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
6. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
11. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:45
12. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 0:48
13. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:51
14. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:06
15. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 1:24
16. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:44
17. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 2:08
18. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates at 2:41
19. Michael Valgren (Den) Astana at 2:50
20. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC at 2:53
21. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:56
22. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
23. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 3:07
24. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
25. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo.

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