Gallery: Two solo wins, two emphatic statements at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

by Matt de Neef

photography by Kristof Ramon and Ashley and Jered Gruber

In winning Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, both Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) and Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) made a statement.

In Van Vleuten’s case, there’s been a feeling in recent months that maybe the Dutchwoman’s lost the edge that once put her so far above most of the peloton; that the level within that peloton has risen to meet her lofty standards. On Sunday she showed that, on her day, she’s still a class above. And she did it in true Van Vleuten style too – attacking alone with 15 km to go and ultimately riding to yet another solo victory.

For Evenepoel, winning on Sunday, in his Liège-Bastogne-Liège debut, was a chance to silence some of his critics. Only someone of Evenepoel’s potential could have taken 25 pro wins by age 22 and still have people questioning whether he’s lived up to his potential. But at Liège, the young Belgian punched away with 30 km to go and rode to a comprehensive victory – his first in a Monument.

It’s not clear whether Evenepoel will ever be able to live up to the pressure and expectation heaped on him by the Belgian cycling fans (and the Belgian cycling press); if anything less than a truly Merckxian career will do. Regardless, Sunday was a true demonstration of power from a rider who’s surely going to win plenty more races in the years to come.

Join us as we relive the weekend’s racing, courtesy of some great photos from Kristof Ramon and Ashley and Jered Gruber. The Grubers’ photos from the women’s race kick things off, followed by Kristof and the Grubers’ shots from the men’s race.

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