Who is Your TIP For Liège-Bastogne-Liège?

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The teams out training on the course of Liège-Bastogne-Liège near the infamous la Redoute

Who’s your tip for L-B-L today?  Here are the top 20 from last year:

1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
2 Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
5 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha
6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
7 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC
8 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
9 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Saxo Bank
10 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Slipstream
12 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil
13 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
14 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
15 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
17 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Silence-Lotto
18 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux
19 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
20 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale

Cadel is tipping Gilbert for the win. I was just reading on cyclingnews about the team presentation yesterday:

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) and former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) were also spotted by the crowd outside the presentation and swamped by requests for autographs, but managed to escape and get back to their hotels on their team buses.

C’mon guys, I love your work and both of you are good blokes, but you gotta get out there and mix with the people. Without them professional cycling wouldn’t exist and you’d be without a job.

La Redoute. A 1.7 km climb that has earned its place in history as the launch pad for the winning move in L-B-L. My French isn’t great, but the inscription says something like “great champions forged their victories in burden created by the club of Liège”

Contador insists that he’s only riding L-B-L for experience. You can bet he’s sandbagging and will have a go.  Or perhaps working for Vinokourov?

Philippe Gilbert and the Schlecks having a laugh.  There’s no doubt we’ll see them up at the business end of the race.

We saw good form from Rodriguez in La Flèche Wallonne last week

Cunego also has good legs and loves this type of course

Both the Meyer brothers will be out there in support of Hesjedal (the guy on the right isn’t Travis. Not certain who it is…)

So, who’s your tip? Of course there’s lots more than I’ve listed above who are capable of taking the win of one of the biggest Spring Classics. My hope is for Gerro. He’s put himself out there, said that an Ardennes Classic is one of his 2010 goals, and we all know that’s he could do it. However, if I were to put money on L-B-L, based on this season’s results I’m gonna have to tip Contador.

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