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by Shane Stokes

April 27, 2018

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Liège-Bastogne-Liège abandons traditional finish

by CyclingTips

Recent rumours that the finale of Liège-Bastogne-Liège could move from the traditional finishing town of Ans have proven accurate, with organisers ASO announcing on Thursday that a new venue has been agreed.

“After 27 editions finishing in the hills of Ans, in the outskirts of Liège, the finish line of Liège-Bastogne-Liège will now be in the heart of Liège, on a site answering the desire to modify the characteristics of the final metres of the race,” it said. The decision will also affect the much newer women’s event.

The change will undoubtedly have an effect on the finale of the race. The Ans conclusion saw the riders duke it out on climbs right up to the final left hand corner. It remains to be seen how close to the finish the last climb will come under the new format.

Meanwhile ASO has announced that the finish of Flèche Wallonne will remain atop the Mur de Huy ‘for the foreseeable future.’ It added that the start cities will vary. Next year’s race will begin in Ans, giving the town some consolation for losing the finale of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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