LIÈGE- BASTOGNE- LIÈGE 25 April | Belgium | 1.UWT/1.WWT

Three years after the route was adjusted so that the race finished in Liège proper and not the suburb of Ans, it is clear that the move has been a success. With the final test now the Côte de la Roche-auxFaucons 15km from the finish, a winning move has the room to form, or a single rider has the space to solo off the front. In the past two editions of the men’s race we have seen both occur: a breakaway win for Jakob Fuglsang after he went clear from the top of Roche-aux-Faucons, while last year’s edition saw the decisive group form on the same climb, before Primož Roglic prevailed.

The oldest of the monuments, La Doyenne has a reputation for being the hardest one-day race, and with 11 categorise­d climbs on the route for the men (seven for the women), one can see why. The change in the finish has ensured, however, that the race isn’t too hard, and attacks aren’t discourage­d, unlike its Ardennes cousin Flèche Wallonne. Cycling always looks better in more picturesqu­e settings, so it’s great to see the finish in Liège rather than Ans.

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