The oldest and possibly the hilliest Monument on the WorldTour calendar will roll out of Liège this Sunday and, via Bastogne, will return to the Walloon city 256 tough kilometres later. Ed Hood previews the 2020 Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Marc Hirschi won the 2020 Flèche Wallonne, but rider of the day was young rider, Mauri Vansevenant who was out front all day and crashed before the last climb. The top men were together for the tough last 1K, and it was the young Swiss star, Hirschi who jumped with 500 metres to go to take the day.
RACE REPORT: Julian Alaphilippe won the World Road Championship in Italy on the Imola circuit on Sunday after an exciting final two laps of the 260 kilometre race. The silver medal went to Wout van Aert who outsprinted a small chase group. Marc Hirschi snatched the bronze medal from Michał Kwiatkowski of Poland.
After showing his style at the weekend, young Sunweb rider Marc Hirschi confirmed his class with a stunning stage 12 win, crossing the finish line solo for his first Tour stage victory. The longest day in the saddle was no snore-fest with action from the start. Primoz Rogilč (Jumbo-Visma) finished in the peloton to hold yellow.
As every year, Ed Hood is welded to the TV for every pedal stroke of the Tour de France. Of course there's the massive disappointment of not being 'Roadside' in 2020 (damn Covid-19), but he's ever eagle-eyed for the each day's 'real' story. Take it away Ed...
The wet weather returned to the Tour de France and, with stage 9 being held in the mountains, there was also thick fog. Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) went for a long solo ride to be caught 2K out by the top men. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the stage and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) took the overall lead.
Top Young Guns - The Bakers Dozen: Ed Hood is feeling his age and all these fresh faced riders in the pro peloton are not helping. 2019 has seen a bumper crop of new riders hit the headlines and they haven't wasted any time in making their mark. Ed chooses his top 13 young riders of the year - Sad to say Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert are too old.