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Liège-Bastogne-Liège date: April 25, 2021
Distance: 259.9 km
Start: Liège, Belgium - 10:00 a.m. CDT
Finish: Liège, Belgium - 5:00 p.m. CDT
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Known as La Doyenne - the oldest of the Classics - Liège-Bastogne-Liège closes out the Ardennes Classics with a last-man-standing war of attrition across 259.1km and 11 classified climbs in the rolling hills of eastern Belgium.
From 1992 until 2019, Liège-Bastogne-Liège finished in the industrial suburb of Ans rather than in Liège with the last climb of the Côte de Saint-Nicolas just 5.5km from an uphill run-in to the finish line.
In 2019, the race finish returned to the centre of Liège now with the Côte de la Roche-Aux-Faucons the final climb with 13.3km to go.
The move hasn't turned the Monument into a sprinter's affair, however, with 2019's rainy edition won by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) after a solo attack on the Roche-Aux-Faucons.
In 2020, the race was held in late October after being postponed due the coronavirus pandemic. New world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) sparked the winning move on the final climb, and was followed by Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb).
The four riders cooperated but still had a slim margin over the chasing group. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain McLaren) attacked to bridge across, leading out the sprint. Alaphilippe dodged his way through the group and celebrated what he thought was a victory only to have Roglic continue through and pip him at the line. The jury later relegated the Frenchman for irregular sprinting to fifth, with Hirschi and Pogacar rounding out the podium behind Roglic.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a maker of legends, and no male rider has won more than the biggest Belgian name in cycling, Eddy Merckx, who accumulated five titles in the race between 1969 and 1975.
The most successful active rider is the evergreen Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who has four wins (2006, 2008, 2015, 2017) - equalling Moreno Argentin (1985, 1986, 1987, 1991) - and the most podium appearances in history with eight. His 2017 victory also made him the oldest winner of the race at 36 and 363 days.
- Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne, 183.2 km. to go
- Côte de Saint-Roch, 135.9 km. to go
- Côte de Mont-le-Soie, 95.1 km. to go
- Côte de Wanne, 86.8 km. to go
- Côte de Stockeu (stèle Eddy Merckx), 80.2 km. to go
- Côte de la Haute-Levée, 76 km. to go
- Col du Rosier, 61.8 km. to go
- Côte de Desnié, 48.4 km. to go
- Côte de La Redoute, 35.3 km. to go
- Côte des Forges, 23.4 km. to go
- Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, 13.4 km. to go
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2021 teams
- AG2R Citroën Team
- Astana-Premier Tech
- Bahrain Victorious
- Bingoal WB
- EF Education-Nippo
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- Israel Start-up Nation
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
- Team Arkea-Samsic
- Team BikeExchange
- Team DSM
- Team Qhubeka Assos
- Total Direct Energie
- UAE Team Emirates
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