Liberty Seguros recons the Liege parcours

The Liberty Seguros-Würth team also reconnoitred the last 100 kilometres of Liège-Bastogne-Liège on...

The Liberty Seguros-Würth team also reconnoitred the last 100 kilometres of Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Friday, in order to get a feel for the changes in the parcours. Team manager Manolo Saiz, who went with the riders, commented that the organisers have recovered "the old parcours, which was used the first time that I came to this race." In his opinion, the change is positive. "This gives more dynamism to the central part of the race, to the zone of the Stockeu, where the Eddy Merckx monument is located. The Cote de Wanne has become longer and you enter Stockeu after a corner, starting from zero. They have managed to make the race harder before La Redoute, at which a smaller group should arrive."

After training, Koen de Kort and Ángel Vicioso took part in a charity race, and Vicioso gave his impressions of Liège. "I know it well, because I already have done it four times," he said. "With these changes they have made it more selective and have not left a moment to recover, it is a succession of climbs and descents ".

Vicioso sees himself with a good chance after his performances in Amstel and Flèche. "Liège is the race that I like the most of these three classics; it's the most important and, though maybe the Amstel is better suited to my characteristics, Liège is something more."

Vicioso added that on Sunday, "bad weather is forecast, and that will increase the danger on the descents and the tiredness of everyone. For me, the harder the better, because it will be possible ride more comfortably in the last 40 kilometres, that have not changed at all."

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