Andersen wins espoir Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Boswell, Berry make two Americans on podium

Bontrager-Livestrong's Ian Boswell and Chipotle Development Team's Josh Berry overcame extreme weather conditions to finish second and third Saturday at the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race in Belgium. Denmark's Michael Andersen (Glud & Marstrand) soloed in for the win.

Saturday’s weather, which included snow flurries, helped whittle the field of 198 starters to just 56 by the finish of the 180.8km U23 race that runs prior to this weekend's ProTour event. Boswell attacked the peloton with about 20 kilometers remaining and bridged to a seven-rider chase group, including Berry.

The leaders hunted down Andersen’s leading trio, which had escaped the peloton with about 70km remaining. Andersen attacked the lead group with just over 10km remaining in the race and set off for the finish on his own. At the top of the last climb of St. Nicholas with about 7 km to go, he led Boswell, Berry and the two former riders from his lead group by about 31 seconds.

The chase group swelled to 10 riders before Boswell attacked one more time at 5km. Berry also jumped away from that group, and the two Americans set off in search of the lone Dane at the head of the race. But Boswell soon ran out of race course, and Andersen finished about 15 seconds ahead of Boswell and then Berry at about 52 seconds in arrears. Team USA's Larry Warbasse, who finished fifth last year, was 24th.

The podium finish marks Boswell's best in three tries and the best-ever by an American. Berry, who was riding his first race for the US national team, told the local press that his upbringing in Idaho's Sun Valley prepared him well for the harsh conditions.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Glud & Marstrand4:35:48 
2Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:00:15 
3Joshua Berry (USA) Chipotle - First Solar0:00:52 
4Dieter Bouvry (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step0:00:58 
5Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cc Nogent-sur-oise  
6Samuel Spokes (Aus) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step0:01:02 
7Ethan Kimmince (Aus) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step0:01:04 
8Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
9Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) Vendée U0:01:07 
10Kristian Dyrnes (Nor) Oster Hus - Ridley  
11Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Team Jayco Skins  
12Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Vl Technics Abutriek  
13Petr Vakoc (Cze) CC Etupes Le Doubs  
14Sander Helven (Bel) Ovyta - Eijssen Acrog  
15Gert-Jan Devos (Bel) Geox Fuji Test Team0:01:10 
16Warren Barguil (Fra) CC Etupes Le Doubs0:02:02 
17Axel Domont (Fra)  
18Sean De Bie (Bel) Ovyta - Eijssen Acrog0:02:40 
19Gerry Druyts (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step  
20Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Vérandas Willems - Cc Chevigny  
21Yann Botrel (Fra)  
22Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto - Ridley Espoirs  
23Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Rabobank Continental Team  
24Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear Team  
25Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Crédit Agricole  
26Frederik Backaert (Bel) United Cycling Team Sint Truiden  
27Axel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
28Diego Van Looy (Bel) Geox Fuji Test Team0:03:24 
29Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:03:28 
30Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Idemasport - Biowanze  
31Patrick Clausen (Den) Glud & Marstrand  
32Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
33Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Livestrong Team  
34Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Lotto - Ridley Espoirs  
35Dylan Teuns (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
36Antoine Warnier (Bel) Ucs Crabbé Performance VOO  
37Bryan Kouwenbergh (Bel) Vl Technics Abutriek  
38Thomas Vanbesien (Bel) Lotto - Ridley Espoirs  
39Bram Van Broekhoven (Bel) Apk Quality Team  
40Niels Tooth (Bel) Melbotech - Prorace Cycling Team  
41Fredrik S Galta (Nor) Oster Hus - Ridley  
42Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Vendée U  
43Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team  
44Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto - Ridley Espoirs0:04:53 
45Kenzie Boutté (Bel) Soenens-Construkt Glas0:10:24 
46Gilles Loncin (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step  
47James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:11:34 
48Quentin Borcy (Bel) Vérandas Willems - Cc Chevigny  
49Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
50Janis Dakteris (Lat) T.Palm - Pôle Continental Wallon  
51Jens Van Bijlen (Bel) United Cycling Team Sint Truiden  
52Daniel Klemme (Ger)  
53Jens Wallays (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step  
54Phillip Müller (Ger)  
55Brecht Ruyters (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
56Arnaud Geronboux (Bel) Idemasport - Biowanze  
57Niels Vandyck (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  

 

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