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Liege Preview: Steve Bauer Remembers

As the Spring Classics are about to end, we got a few more minutes with Steve Bauer to remember what it was like racing at Liege… “This classic was one that was hard for me. It was really hard to come off of the cobbled classics of Flanders and Roubaix to perform well in Liege.” I never did. My muscles were still too baked. One guy that always surprised me was Sean Kelly. He could go do it. He could kick #*# in all the races. I usually got much better for Amstel Gold race and Championship of Zurich which used to be the last classic in the spring schedule.

The Ardennes region is perfect strong man’s road course. It’s like the World Championship of the spring; never-ending ups and downs and you have to have really good legs in the last 50 km. If you don’t have in Liege you don’t follow period. I think that without a doubt Liege is the toughest non-cobbles one day race of the spring. I suppose its debatable which classic is THE toughest.

Most of my good memories of Liege are training the course instead of great performances. Its’ really a very nice part of Belgium and Europe for that matter. I enjoyed taking some of our Tour de France customers to this region in 2001 as “Le Tour” passed through Belguim. Most years with the Motorola squad we would take some hours to ride the final of the race course 3 or 4 days prior. Some years we just needed more recuperation from previous classics and charge up the energy. I did my share of helping some teammates looking for a great one day performance. Lemond, Armstrong, Anderson to name a few but this world cup was not my race.

Steve now runs his own bike touring company. Check out his website www.worlds.stevebauer.comfor tour details.

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