Et voilà La Doyenne
It’s time for La Doyenne. Tomorrow,in fact, the 104th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège will take place. The route of the fourth of the five Monuments of the season will be almost 260 kilometers with 11 côtes, four of which with slopes of more than 10%. The hard race will start after 150th kilometer with a series of short climbs except the Col du Rosier of over 4 kilometers with an average gradient of 6%. In the last forty kilometers, riders will face the Côte de la Redoute, two thousand meters at 9%, and with 19km to go the Côte de la Roche-aux-faucons another 1300 meters at 11%. With 5km to go, the bunch will climb the Côte de Saint-Nicolas (1200 meters at 8.6%) and in the final the Côte d’Ans a long straight uphill before the last corner and the arrival after 200 meters .
“This year the route has little changed special in the central part – explains Team Ambassador Purito Rodriguez – with longer and less steep climbs and this will change the tactics of the teams. There is also the hot unknown (yesterday 30th) that here in Belgium is a novelty. I think that someone will try to attack from a long distance, like in the last two classics. to anticipate the favorites, one for all Alejandro Valverde “.
“We come to this Liège – explains General Manager Brent Copeland – at a time when the Team is getting good results in the various races in which it participates. In this days, the athletes and staff have worked very well and I think we are ready. There are several riders, like the Izagirre brothers, Giovanni Visconti and Enrico Gasparotto, who can do well and obviously Vincenzo who leaves to win “.
The big wait is for The Shark: “This is a race I’ve always dreamed of winning – says the Sicilian champion – it’s like Lombardia because when you’re on the finish line you know you’ve given it all. You need a perfect day on a route that this year seems more suitable for less explosive riders and therefore more for climbers like me “.
TBM’s line-up for LBL: Vincenzo Nibali, Domenico Pozzovivo, Giovanni Visconti, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Franco Pellizotti and Enrico Gasparotto
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