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Retro: Liège–Bastogne–Liège 1995 Photo Gallery

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PeloPics: Inspired by our very popular look back at the 1986 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, we’ve assembled another trip down memory lane with a Liège-Bastogne-Liège 1995 photo gallery. Set the Way-back machine for 1995, it’s April and we’re going to Belgium!

Gianetti crossed the line solo 15 seconds ahead of a chase group of Gianni Bugno, Michele Bartoli and Laurent Jalabert, with Francesco Casagrande at over a minute. Lance Armstrong rode in on his own at 3 minutes and the rest were 5 and 10 minutes later. La Doyenne is always a tough race as you can see in the eyes of Steven Rooks and Michele Bartoli.

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Serguei OUTSCHAKOV pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Pin-up of the 90s pro cycling scene – Sergei Outschakov. More recently he was PR agent with Katusha-Alpecin

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Udo BOLTS - Alex ZULLE and Laurent JALABERT pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
ONCE would try to dominate every race they rode, the Telekom rider is Udo Bolts

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Djamolidine ABDOUJAPAROV pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Liège was not really the race for sprinter Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie mechanic mekanieker mecanicien at work - Steven Rooks pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Hanging out of a team car – Those were the days

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Edwig VAN HOOYDONCK pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Edwig Van Hooydonck was better known for his wins in the Tour of Flanders than Liège, his attacks gave him the nickname Eddy Van Bosberg

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Andrei TCHMIL  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Andrei Tchmil was Belgian in 1995, he had been Russian, Ukrainian and Moldovan. What his nationality is now is unknown although he was appointed Minister of Sport in Moldova in 2006

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Massimo PODENZANA  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Italian champion, Massimo Podenzana was a prolific winner with Giro and Tour stage wins and double National champion. He is now a DS with Team Novo Nordisk

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Johan MUSEEUW  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Johan Museeuw – What can you say about the ‘Lion of Flanders’? Three wins in Roubaix and three in De Ronde, plus World champ and a ton of other races. Here he wears the World Cup leaders jersey

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Alvaro MEJIA CASTRILLON pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Colombian Alvaro Mejia, 4th overall in the Tour and 4th in the World championship. He also won the Volta a Catalunya, Vuelta a Murcia, Route du Sud and Vuelta a Galicia. He is now a doctor and lecturer in the Technological University of Pereira and the Universidad Andina in Pereira.

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Dmitri KONYCHEV  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Rudy Project make great glasses and helmets (yes, I use both), but what were they thinking? They must have been paying Dimitri Konychev to wear these. Dimitri is now a DS with Katusha-Alpecin

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Jose Maria JIMENEZ SASTRE pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Jose Jimenez was going to be the next Miguel Indurain and showed moments of stunning racing, but would loose time on other days. He was the first winner on the Angliru. Jimenez liked ‘the night life’ but suffered with depression for many years and died in a Madrid psychiatric hospital in 2003

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Laurent JALABERT  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Laurent Jalabert had changed from a pure sprinter to a more all-round rider after a horrific crash in the 1994 Tour de France and went on to add Sanremo, Flèche, San Sebastián, Lombardia, World TT and Tour KOM to his points wins

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -   Heinz IMBODEN -Rolf SOERENSEN pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Heinz Imboden was not a big winner, but was always ‘up there’

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -   Maurizio FONDRIEST pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Maurizio Fondriest – 1988 surprise World champion who went on to win Sanremo, Flèche, Zurich and stage races in Britain, Poland and Midi Libre and Tirreno–Adriatico

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Claudio CHIAPPUCCI  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Where to start with Claudio ‘El Diablo’ Chiappucci – Not that many wins in his palmarès, but he was always aggressive and would light up a race with his attacking style. Second and third in the Giro and Tour plus the KOM jersey in both, 7th in Liège ’95. Chiappucci had fluctuating hematocrit values during his career and once stated that he knew when his hemocrit was high because his hemorrhoids would bother him

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Davide CASSANI  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Italian National coach and cycling TV pundit Davide Cassani was a handy rider in his time

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Laurent BROCHARD  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Franchman Laurent Brochard – World champion in 1997, but was caught up in the ‘Festina Affair’ of 1998. He was a pro for 15 years and was still racing as an amateur in 2008

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Lance ARMSTRONG  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Mr. Armstrong before he was a Grand Tour rider. 2nd in Liège ’94 and ’96 he was 6th in ’95

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Eddy BOUWMANS pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Eddy Bouwmans was a hard working Dutchman who turned pro for the Panasonic team in 1990 and helped many riders to victories. He won the ‘Best Young rider’ competition in the 1992 Tour de France. He finished 17th in Liège ’95, the top finisher for his Novell team

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Evgueni Berzin  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Evgueni Berzin won the previous years Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro d’Italia, in ’95 he was 2nd in the Giro and ’96 he held the yellow jersey in the Tour for two days and then slowly disappeared from the sport

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Mauro GIANETTI   pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Mauro Gianetti took Liège and followed it up with a win in the Amstel Gold Race. Then what?

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Gianni BUGNO pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Double World champion Gianni Bugno took second place at 15 seconds

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Alex ZULLE pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Those glasses were blamed for many of Alex Zulle’s crashes

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Steven ROOKS  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
A hard race for Steven Rooks

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -   Michele BARTOLI pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Michele Bartoli was third in the 1995 Liège, but he was one of the classiest riders around and took a load of wins in his career

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Mauro GIANETTI pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 1995 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Two big wins in the spring for Gianetti in Liège and Amstel, in 1996 he took the silver medal in the Worlds behind Johan Museeuw

Action from Liège’95:

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 1995 Result:
1. Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Polti-Granarolo-Santini in 6:38:25
2. Gianni Bugno (Ita) MG Maglificio-Technogym at 0:15
3. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
4. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE
5. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Mercatone Uno at 1:24
6. Lance Armstrong (USA) Motorola at 3:04
7. Claudio Chiappucci (Ita) Carrera at 4:45
8. Rolf Sörensen (Den) MG-Technogym
9. Heinz Imboden (Swi) Refin-Cantina Tollo
10. Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) TVM at 10:10
11. Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Lampre
12. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto
13. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei
14. Alex Zülle (Swi) ONCE
15. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Mapei
16. Davide Rebellin (Ita) MG-Technogym
17. Eddy Bouwmans (Ned) Novell
18. Marco Pantani (Ita) Carrera
19. Evgeni Berzin (Rus) Gewiss-Ballan
20. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) AKI-Gipiemme at 11:20
21. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Brescialat at 11:38
22. José Maria Jimenez (Spa) Banesto at 12:02
23. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Novell
24. Rolf Aldag (Ger) Telekom
25. Francesco Frattini (Ita) Gewiss-Ballan.

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