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 climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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:

Liège–Bastogne–Liège route

Liège–Bastogne–Liège route

Liège–Bastogne–Liège profile

Liège–Bastogne–Liège profile

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 femmes route

Liège–Bastogne–Liège femmes route

 Liège–Bastogne–Liège femmes profile

Liège–Bastogne–Liège femmes profile

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)
Mitchelton-Scott (Aus)
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
Team Sky (GBr)
EF Education First-Drapac (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Lotto-Soudal (Bel)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)
LootoNL-Jumbo (Ned)
Movistar (Esp)
FDJ (Fra)
Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)
Astana (Kaz)
Bahrain-Merida (Brn)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Direct Energie (Fra)

Guest teams:

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

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) claimed the win in 2017 –  sprinting ahead of Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors), with Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski in third.

Valverde took the win having also been the champion at the mid-week La Flèche Wallonne – and the Spaniard certainly has form at the race, this being his fourth time on its top step.

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.

  • Menovatel

    I doubt that Sergio Henao would start. You may have confused him with Sebastian Henao?