Gilbert Cannot Hide Disappointment After Liege Loss

ANS, Belgium, April 27, 2014 (AFP) - Philippe Gilbert could not hide his disappointment after finishing eighth at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who was born in Verviers, in the same region that 'La Doyenne' is raced, came into the race as one of two overwhelming favourites, alongside Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who came second. Having won this race in 2009, when … [Read more...]

Simons Gerrans Makes History At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ANS, Belgium, April 27, 2014 (AFP) - Simon Gerrans became the first Australian to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The Orica-GreenEDGE rider timed his attack to perfection on the tough uphill finish in Ans at the end of 263km of racing. "It's an incredible victory, it's a dream come true to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege," said the 33-year-old. "It … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Aiming To Make Liege History

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAUDFONTAINE, Belgium, April 25, 2014 (AFP) - Liege-Bastogne-Liege favourite Philippe Gilbert is looking for a historic victory at his home Spring Classic with Belgium's King Philippe due to attend Sunday's race. Gilbert has won once before in Liege but this year's edition will be the 100th, hence why King Philippe will be in attendance. "To have the … [Read more...]

Past Winners of Liege-Bastogne-Liege Race

LIEGE, Belgium, April 26, 2014 - Winners over the last 15 years of the fourth 'Monument' race, Liege-Bastogne-Liege ahead of Sunday's 100th edition: 2013 - Daniel Martin (IRL) 2012 - Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) 2011 - Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 2010 - Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) 2009 - Andy Schleck (LUX) 2008 - Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 2007 - Danilo Di Luca (ITA) 2006 - … [Read more...]

Gilbert and Valverde Big Favourites At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LIEGE, Belgium, April 26, 2014 (AFP) - Having won the previous two Ardennes Classics, Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde come into Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege race as the clear favourites. Gilbert made a stunning attack on the final Cauberg climb to win last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race from Belgian compatriot Jelle Vanendert while Valverde timed his … [Read more...]

Exonerated Michael Rogers Comeback At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

LIEGE, Belgium, April 25, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Michael Rogers will make his return to competitive racing at Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege race after having his provisional doping ban lifted by the International Cycling Union (UCI). On Wednesday, the UCI lifted their suspension against Rogers after accepting he did not intentionally take the banned stimulant clenbuterol. The … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Unconcerned By His Fleche Wallone Performance

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Amstel Gold winner Philippe Gilbert brushed off his disappointing 10th placed finish at Fleche Wallonne, insisting he is focused on Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The 31-year-old Belgian was the clear favourite coming into Wednesday's race having blitzed the opposition in last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, where he finished … [Read more...]

The Spring Classics Past Winners From 2009

PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Winners of the main Spring Classics, due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, over the last five years. Cobbled Classics: Tour of Flanders (April 6) 2013 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2012 - Tom Boonen (BEL) 2011 - Nick Nuyens (BEL) 2010 - Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 2009 - Stijn Devolder (BEL) Paris-Roubaix (April 13) … [Read more...]

Profile Of The Upcoming Spring Classics Races

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - A profile of the five upcoming Spring Classics cycle races: Tour of Flanders One of the five 'Monuments' of the Classics season, the Tour of Flanders was first conceived in 1913 by Karel Van Wijnendaele, the co-founder of the sports newspaper 'Sportwereld'. At that time it was customary for publishers to organise cycling … [Read more...]

Daniel Martin Takes Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic Honors

LIEGE, Belgium, April 21, 2013 (AFP) - Ireland's Daniel Martin, riding for Garmin, won Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic race, seeing off Spanish pair Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde after a grueling 261.5 kilometers. Martin, nephew of former Tour de France champion Stephen Roche, attacked just before the final bend to come through and land the 99th edition of the 'doyenne' … [Read more...]