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 only beaten by Argentin and Merckx. Ed Hood caught up with the Irishman for his thoughts on the 'Old Lady' of the road.
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.
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.
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…
Mar 19, 2020 - No racing, but the wheels on the cycling world are still turning. Van Aert and the UCI-Top Story. Giro? Evenepoel, Van der Poel, Van Avermaet and Ulissi talk. Canceled races, quarantine, AG2R, Van Lerberghe, Sanremo virtual and Wolfpack video.