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by Mark Zalewski

April 23, 2016

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Preview: What you should know before watching the 2016 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

by Matt de Neef

This weekend, in the Wallonia region of eastern Belgium, road cycling’s Spring Classics season comes to a close. Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the third and final of the so-called Ardennes Classics — after the Amstel Gold Race and Fleche Wallonne — and the hardest of the three.

Now in its 102nd edition, “La Doyenne” is the fourth of the season’s five one-day Monuments and a long, hard race of attrition.

Here’s what we think you should know before tuning into Sunday’s race.


The race can be divided into two sections

As the name suggests, Liege-Bastogne-Liege begins in Liege, heads south towards Bastogne, then turns around and makes its way back towards the finish in Liege. (Technically the race finishes in Ans, just outside of Liege, and has done so since 1992.)

The first part of the 253km route is the easier of the two — it’s 106.5km down to Bastogne with just two categorised climbs along the way. The way back to Liege is considerably harder — in the remaining 146.5km there are eight categorised climbs and an uncategorised climb to the finish.

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