All the information you need ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes, taking place on April 22 in 2018
Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the oldest of the five Monuments, and one of three spring Classics taking place in the Ardennes region. In 2018, the race is set to take place on April 22.
As the name may suggest, the race takes riders from Liège to Bastogne, and back. It’s a UCI WorldTour event, and in 2017 a women’s version was added – this is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and takes place on the same day.
The men’s race is 258km long, and the women’s 135km – though the final 45km is largely shared between the two races, with little difference.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2018 route
The 2018 route promises to bring a war of attrition – offering up two three part climbs: Pont, Bellevauxand Ferme Libert then La Redoute, Roche-aux-Faucons and Saint-Nicolas.
The race will take a direct route from Liège to Bastogne via Côte de Bonnevue, but Côte de Mont-le-Soie will spring a final surprise on the peloton on the way back.
Come 2019, the finish line is due to move, representing a real shake up.
The 2018 route maps are yet to be announced, but won’t be wildly dissimilar to the previous year’s addition:
The women’s race – Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes – features a similar final 45km, cutting the interlude short and arguably making for a more exciting race:
Liège–Bastogne–Liège start list
UCI WorldTour teams are invited to bring eight riders each, and seven guest teams have also been invited:
BMC Racing (USA)
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
Team Sky (GBr)
EF Education First-Drapac (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Direct Energie (Fra)
Aqua Blue Sport (Irl)
Confidis, Solutions Credits (Fra)
Direct Energie (Fra)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
Team Fortuneo-Samsic (Fra)
WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic (Bel)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel)
A list of participating women’s teams is yet to be announced.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège on TV
Last year, the men’s race was broadcast live on Eurosport 2, with highlights shown later in the evening and on Monday.
We’ll update this page when broadcast information becomes available.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège previous winners
|2000||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Mapei–Quick-Step|
|2001||Oscar Camenzind (SUI)||Lampre–Daikin|
|2002||Paolo Bettini (ITA)||Mapei–Quick-Step|
|2003||Tyler Hamilton (USA)||Team CSC|
|2004||Davide Rebellin (ITA)||Gerolsteiner|
|2005||Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ)||T-Mobile Team|
|2006||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Caisse d’Epargne–Illes Balears|
|2007||Danilo Di Luca (ITA)||Liquigas|
|2008||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Caisse d’Epargne|
|2009||Andy Schleck (LUX)||Team Saxo Bank|
|2010||Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ)||Astana|
|2011||Philippe Gilbert (BEL)||Omega Pharma–Lotto|
|2012||Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ)||Astana|
|2013||Dan Martin (IRL)||Garmin–Sharp|
|2014||Simon Gerrans (AUS)||Orica–GreenEDGE|
|2015||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team|
|2016||Wout Poels (NED)||Team Sky|
|2017||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team|
The inaugural Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes victory went to Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) – she managed to claim all three Ardennes Classics wins in an incredible display of spring form that player a part in her taking the second spot in the Cycling Weekly Top 100 Riders of 2017.