INTERVIEW: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his thirtieth season (31 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
It isn't far from Limburg in Holland for the Amstel Gold Race to Liège in the Wallonia region of Belgium (Berg en Terblijt is about 37km) for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Peter Easton knows the region well, so who better to pass on his experience of La Doyenne.
This Sunday the pro peloton will be attacking the tough climbs of the Ardennes in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège one-day Classic, the oldest Classic on the calendar. 1986 was a wet and cold edition of La Doyenne, but Italian, Moreno Argentin came out on top - Photo and video gallery from Liège '86.
Sean Kelly was the 'King of the Classics' for many years, but the man from Carrick-on-Suir also won the Vuelta a España and many shorter stage races. His record at Liège-Bastogne-Liège is incomparable and so Ed Hood caught up with Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
Star Rider Interview: In the late 80s and early 90s there were a lot of big names in the peloton winning Classics - Sean Kelly, Phil Anderson, Gianni Bugno, Eric Vanderaerden... The list goes on. But there was another name: Eric Van Lancker, who popped up and took Liège, Amstel and a clutch of other top results.
What surprised me most about the Fleche Wallonne parcours was just how hard this 200km ‘semi-Classic’ is. There’s nothing ‘semi’ about it… It deserves the prime time and throws up 11 rated climbs, including 3 passes over a 1300 meter brute called the Mur de Huy. Here’s how it happened to me…