On Sunday morning, the start of Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1.WT, 4/10) will be given on the Place Saint-Lambert, in the heart of Liège. La Doyenne will be ridden in autumn conditions this year. Eleven categorized climbs figure on the course of 257 kilometer, with a concentration in the final 90 kilometer. Following the tradition, the Côte de Wanne, the Côte de Stockeu, the Col du Rosier and the Côte de la Redoute are the key points of the race. The last one in row is the Roche-aux-Faucons with 13 kilometer to the finish in the Boulevard d’Avroy, with the Meuse river in the background.
When composing the team for the second part of the Ardennes classics, Loïc Vliegen was added to the squad of the Flèche Wallonne. He replaces the Norwegian rider Odd Eiking. The rider from Liége will get the support of Jan Bakelants, Thomas Degand, the French rider Fabien Doubey, the Dutch rider Maurits Lammertink, the Italian rider Simone Petilli and Kévin Van Melsen. Vliegen looks ahead to the last weeks of the season.
« In order to take advantage of my good form as long as possible, we've chosen with the team to skip the Flèche Wallonne after the world championship. It was not an easy choice, as the start was at home in Herve. I wanted to plan my training and efforts well this week to prepare the important trilogy: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Brabançonne and Amstel Gold Race. Unfortunately only the first two remain on the calendar. I hope to play a role in the final of both, before finishing my season at the Tour of Flanders. »
« The news about our passage to the World Tour next year gives me an additional boost. The team is ready for this higher level and for me it comes at the right moment. I start to adapt well to the role of team leader and I want to continue like this next season. »