Astana had a great Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2012 where Maxim Iglinskiy won the race with Enrico Gasparotto coming home in third. This year they are riding in support of Vincenzo Nibali, who finished second on that day after he was passed by Iglinskiy. They are looking to take that top step again this year. Cyclingnews spoke to team manager Alexander Vinokourov, who is a two-time winner of the race, about his team's chances today.
"Vincenzo is ready, that’s for sure. He’s not done many race days this season, but he’s trained hard and well. I rode alongside him in training and I’m confident about his chances. [2012 LBL winner Maxim] Iglinsky? Well he was the leader in Amstel and that was, as [Vino’s former ds in Telekom] Walter Godefroot would say, a ‘crap race for everybody except for the winner.” But I’m only saying that in the sense that it was very hard for anything really to happen, the race last Sunday was really shut down and blocked. In fact I’ve won Amstel and it is a good race.”
“Anyway, Iglinskiy did a good race in Liege two years, if he can get in a break and maybe get away, why can’t he win?”
“I don’t think the changes in the route make the race that much harder. It’s more that there seems to be more space this year between one climb and the next. That can be beneficial for breakaways like Iglinskiy.”