All the information you need ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes, taking place on April 28 in 2019
Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the oldest of the five Monuments, and one of three spring Classics taking place in the Ardennes region. In 2019, the race is set to take place on April 28.
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 final route for the 2019 edition is yet to be unveiled, but distances typically sit at around 258km for the men’s parcours and 135km for the women’s – though the final 45km is largely shared between the two races.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2019 route
The route for Liège-Bastogne-Liège always promises to throw up a war of attrition, with steep climbs providing opportunities for attacks and the unavoidable counters.
However, for 2019, we are expecting a pretty major shake up, with the finish moving from the Liègeois suburb of Ans to Liège itself.
This is likely to mean that riders will roll out of Ans, before heading south towards Bastogne.
The uphill drag to the finish line in Ans and the final climb of the Côte de Saint-Nicholas will no longer provide a launch pad to the line, but no doubt the new finish will present adequate trials.
Whilst the full 2019 route is yet to be announced, here’s a look at the 2018 edition to give you an idea what to expect:
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 on TV
Eurosport will broad cast the men’s race live, with coverage on Eurosport 1 from 13.00 to 16.30.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège previous winners
The 2018 win went to Quick-Step Floors’ Bob Jungles, he attacked with just under 20 kilometres to go, pushing ahead at the top of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons before riding to the finish line alone.
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
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes winners
2017 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans
2018 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans
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.
The ‘Queen of the Ardennes’ continued the same success into 2018, with wins at all three of the events once again.
We’ll keep updating this page as more information becomes available.