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Gallery: Riders recon Liège-Bastogne-Liège route

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 20, 2012, 18:25,
Updated:
April 20, 2012, 19:27
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, April 21, 2012
Race:
Liège - Bastogne - Liège
A plaque on the La Redoute climb commemorating the 100th anniversaray of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

A plaque on the La Redoute climb commemorating the 100th anniversaray of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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Critical climbs previewed for Sunday's La Doyenne

As the clock ticks down to the start of Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, riders took the opportunity to preview the parcours today and familiarise (or re-familiarise) themselves with the challenging, hilly route of the 2012 season's final Spring Classic.

Eleven categorised climbs are included in the 257.5km route, with the final nine placed in the last 100km. The narrow, steeply pitched Côte de La Redoute, situated 34.5km from the finish in Ans, is a frequent launch pad for winning moves in La Doyenne and teams made sure their riders were well acquainted with the climb during Friday's course preview.

The teams were able to ride the latter portions of the route in relative calm under sunny skies, but the crowd barriers already in place will be put to good use on Sunday as the parcours will be full of spectators eager to see who will be crowned the 2012 Liège-Bastogne-Liège champion.

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