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Liège’16 Look Back: Photo and Video Special!

Photo Special: It looks like there will be a bit of rain for the final Classic of the 2019 spring season, but it wasn’t like that three years ago for Liège’16 – cold and snow and it gave us a different perspective of a Classic. There were many different views of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and so we have put together our photo and video special from the Ardennes in 2016.

The start in the Place Saint-Lambert was cold and the suggestion of rain and snow wasn’t to far off. Decisions were made and the race started, but the snow started to fall and reports from out on the course were not looking good, but the break had gone.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016

It didn’t take long for the race to be hit by the snowfall, would the race be cancelled? No, quick action by the organizers and with help from the police, and a diversion round the worst of the weather was set up and the race was saved.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Obviously the break hit the snow first, but they were busy building up a 9 minute lead.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

The peloton were soon in the thick of the weather, maybe they were taking it easy.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

The police were the first to see the problem.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

The diversion shortened the course by around 10 kilometers, the weather was still not great, but there was no snow to bother the heard.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Strongest man of the race has to be Movistar’s Rory Sutherland, he powered the peloton for his team leader, Alejandro Valverde. At the finish Valverde finished 16th in the group that came in 12 seconds down. Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff) won the sprint from the group for 7th.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

It’s hard to tell who is leading the chase, but Movistar, Etixx – Quick-Step and Sky were the teams with a win in mind.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

It wasn’t the day for the top favorite, Alejandro Valverde.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

The fans were out on the climbs, but the most comfortable for the spectators was the Saint Roch in Houffalize, at least there was shelter and bars.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Peter Serry and Wout Poels were up front as Valverde and Amstel winner Enrico Gasparotto kept an eye on the action.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

It was a hard day for everyone, Tanel Kangert fought hard for a well deserved 11th place.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Yes, there are cobbles in the Walloon area of Belgium!

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEDGE) tried to split the race, but Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Samuel Sanchez (BMC) and Wout Poels pulled him back.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Into the finalé and Albasini was keen for the win and ready for anything, except the speed of Poels.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

The look of a winner, Poels checks he has the first Monument win for Sky.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) came in at 2:21 in 51st place with Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), the Italian champion will be hoping for better weather for the Giro d’Italia.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Sky’s Chris Froome finished smiling in 112th place at 10:31 along side Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), the Tour de France is a long way off.

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2016 WT

Some might dismiss the Liège result as surprise or a fluke due to the weather conditions, but just take a look at the podium. Rui Costa: World champion, National champion, Tour of Suisse and Dunkirk winner. Michael Albasini: Winner of Tours of Catalunya, Britain and Austria, plus multi stage wins. Then Poels himself has had a great 2016 season: Overall winner of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana including the Points and Mountains classification a stage in the Volta a Catalunya, 4th in Flèche Wallonne and 7th Overall in the Vuelta a Andalucía. No fluke here.

Full Liège’16 race report HERE and rider quotes and video in EUROTRASH.


The final two hours of Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016

2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Result:
1. Wouter Poels (Ned) Sky 06:24:29
2. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEDGE
3. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
4. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC at 0:04
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha at 0:09
6. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin at 0:11
7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff at 0:12
8. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana
11. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
12. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
13. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
14. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff
15. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
16. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar
17. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC
18. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis
19. Stephen Cummings (GB) Dimension Data
20. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky
21. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale
22. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
23. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step
24. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:40
25. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar.

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