Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2019: all you need to know

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 Sunday 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 climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège

The route for the 2019 edition represents a departure from the status quo of recent years, with a finish in the centre of Liège that is expected to favour a rider more suited to faster, flat finishes.

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’ll be treated to a major shake up, as the finish moves from the Liègeois suburb of Ans to Liège itself. Though there will be plenty of metres of elevation along the way to whittle down the finishers, the new final stretch will be a flat sprint.

As per previous editions, the greatest challenges will feature in the second half of the 256km route, with nine ramps within the final 100km – including the trio of the Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée, followed by the Côte de Mont-le-Soie.

In order to relocate the finish line to the city centre, the final uphill tests have been revised – with riders charging towards the finish via the Côte de la Redoute, Côte des Forges and the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

The women’s 138.5km parcours will share the same finish, with riders facing a total of five climbs – first the Côte de Wanne, Côte de Brume and Côte de la Vecquée, before a decisive finish over the Côte de La Redoute and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2019 men’s start list

Deceuninck-Quick Step once again looks like the team to beat, fielding defending champion Bob Jungles as well as Julian Alaphilippe, fresh from his win at La Flèche Wallonne.

Second placed Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) will be looking to better his luck against the Frenchman, and of course we can’t discount four time winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) or Team Sky’s Wout Poels.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is already out the picture, as he’s opted to sit this one out and prepare for the Tour of California.

AG2R La Mondiale
BARDET Romain
CHEREL Mickaël
CHEVRIER Clément
COSNEFROY Benoît
FRANK Mathias
VUILLERMOZ Alexis
WARBASSE Larry

Movistar Team
VALVERDE Alejandro
QUINTANA Nairo
LANDA Mikel
AMADOR Andrey
ANACONA Winner
BETANCUR Carlos
VERONA Carlos

Team Dimension Data
KREUZIGER Roman
VALGREN Michael
GASPAROTTO Enrico
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques
KING Ben
SLAGTER Tom-Jelte

BORA – hansgrohe
FORMOLO Davide
MCCARTHY Jay
BENEDETTI Cesare
KONRAD Patrick
MÜHLBERGER Gregor

Bahrain Merida
NIBALI Vincenzo
TEUNS Dylan
CARUSO Damiano
BOLE Grega
MOHORIČ Matej
PIBERNIK Luka

Team Sunweb
MATTHEWS Michael
DUMOULIN Tom
BAKELANTS Jan
HAMILTON Chris
HIRSCHI Marc
POWER Robert
VERVAEKE Louis

Lotto Soudal
WELLENS Tim
LAMBRECHT Bjorg
MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz
MONFORT Maxime
ARMÉE Sander
VAN DER SANDE Tosh
VANENDERT Jelle

Astana Pro Team
LUTSENKO Alexey
IZAGIRRE Ion
IZAGIRRE Gorka
FRAILE Omar
FUGLSANG Jakob
SÁNCHEZ Luis León
VILLELLA Davide

CCC Team
PAUWELS Serge
VAN AVERMAET Greg
DE MARCHI Alessandro
ROSSKOPF Joey

Deceuninck – Quick Step
MAS Enric
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
GILBERT Philippe
JUNGELS Bob
CAVAGNA Rémi
DEVENYNS Dries
SERRY Pieter
VAKOČ Petr

Groupama – FDJ
VAUGRENARD Benoît
MADOUAS Valentin
GAUDU David
MOLARD Rudy

Mitchelton-Scott
YATES Adam
ALBASINI Michael
GRMAY Tsgabu
HOWSON Damien
IMPEY Daryl
SCHULTZ Nick
SMITH Dion

EF Education First
WOODS Michael
MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe
CLARKE Simon
CRADDOCK Lawson

Vital Concept – B&B Hotels
MÜLLER Patrick
GAUTIER Cyril
PACHER Quentin

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
SPRENGERS Thomas
VAN GESTEL Dries

Team Total Direct Energie
CALMEJANE Lilian
HIVERT Jonathan

Team Arkéa Samsic
HARDY Romain
LEDANOIS Kévin

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
PEREZ Anthony
HERRADA Jesús
LE TURNIER Mathias
MATÉ Luis Ángel
PÉRICHON Pierre-Luc
SIMON Julien

Team Jumbo-Visma
DE PLUS Laurens
GESINK Robert
BOUWMAN Koen
TOLHOEK Antwan
MARTENS Paul
DE TIER Floris
LINDEMAN Bert-Jan

Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team
MARTIN Guillaume
DE CLERCQ Bart
DEGAND Thomas
DOUBEY Fabien
EIKING Odd Christian
MINNAARD Marco

Wallonie-Bruxelles
PEYSKENS Dimitri
LIETAER Eliot

Team Katusha – Alpecin
GONÇALVES José
CRAS Steff
ZAKARIN Ilnur
BATTAGLIN Enrico
GUERREIRO Ruben
HAAS Nathan

Team Sky
KWIATKOWSKI Michał
THOMAS Geraint
POELS Wout
DE LA CRUZ David
DUNBAR Eddie
GOŁAŚ Michał
ROSA Diego
VAN BAARLE Dylan

Trek – Segafredo
FELLINE Fabio
BERNARD Julien
CICCONE Giulio
CONCI Nicola
GOGL Michael
SKUJIŅŠ Toms

UAE-Team Emirates
COSTA Rui
HENAO Sergio
POGAČAR Tadej
SUTHERLAND Rory
MARTIN Dan
MORI Manuele
ULISSI Diego

Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2019 women’s start list

Only on its third addition, the women’s race has just one winner so far – Anna van der Breggen, the Queen of the Ardennes who already repeated her success at Flèche Wallonne this week.

Much of the start list is unconfirmed, though we do expect to see Annemiek van Vleuten race for Mitchelton-Scott, looking to better the second places she’s picked up at the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and  Flèche Wallonne.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig will lead Bigla, having placed third at the Tour of Flanders, but Sunweb’s strong team contains competition from the likes of Coryn Rivera and Lucinda Brand.

Mitchelton-Scott
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
MUZIC Évita
GILLOW Shara

Team Virtu Cycling
KOSTER Anouska

Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team
BLAAK Chantal

Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport
SICOT Marion

Bigla Pro Cycling
NOSKOVÁ Nikola
LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup

CCC – Liv
VOS Marianne

Team Sunweb
LABOUS Juliette
BRAND Lucinda
ENSING Janneke
KIRCHMANN Leah
MACKAIJ Floortje
RIVERA Coryn

Ale Cipollini

Aromitalia-Basso Bikes-Vaiano

Astana Women’s Team

Movistar Team

Be Pink

BTC City Ljubljana

Canyon-SRAM

Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team

Hagens Berman Supermint

Health Mate Ladies Team

Lotto Soudal Ladies

Parkhotel Valkenburg

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

Trek-Segafredo

Valcar Cylance Cycling

WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team

Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2019 on TV

  • 13:00-15:00: Liège–Bastogne–Liège LIVE, Eurosport 2, Sunday April 28
  • 18:15-17:15: Liège–Bastogne–Liège Highlights, Eurosport 2, Sunday April 28
  • 05:00-06:00: Liège–Bastogne–Liège Highlights, Eurosport 2, Monday April 29
  • 07:30-08:30: Liège–Bastogne–Liège Highlights, Eurosport 1, Monday April 29

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.

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
2018 Bob Jungels (LUX) Quick-Step Floors

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. 

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