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Gallery: Riders recon Liège-Bastogne-Liège route

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The BMC squad of defending Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Philippe Gilbert on the Côte de La Redoute.

The BMC squad of defending Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Philippe Gilbert on the Côte de La Redoute.
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)
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2011 Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium finisher Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) on the Côte de La Redoute.

2011 Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium finisher Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) on the Côte de La Redoute.
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US-based Pro Continental squad Team Type 1-Sanofi were one of the wildcard invites to Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

US-based Pro Continental squad Team Type 1-Sanofi were one of the wildcard invites to Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
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Jerome Pineau (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Jerome Pineau (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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Brice Feillu (Saur-Sojasun)

Brice Feillu (Saur-Sojasun)
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Vincenzo NIbali and his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates check out the Côte de La Redoute.

Vincenzo NIbali and his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates check out the Côte de La Redoute.
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Amstel Gold Race champion Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)

Amstel Gold Race champion Enrico Gasparotto (Astana)
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Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) leads his teammates up the Côte de La Redoute.

Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) leads his teammates up the Côte de La Redoute.
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Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) doesn't seem too bothered by the Côte de La Redoute.

Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) doesn't seem too bothered by the Côte de La Redoute.
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Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Barracuda)

Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Katusha riders preview the Liege-Bastogne-Liege route on Friday.

Katusha riders preview the Liege-Bastogne-Liege route on Friday.
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FDJ-Big Mat riders preview the Côte de La Redoute.

FDJ-Big Mat riders preview the Côte de La Redoute.
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The orange armada of Euskaltel-Euskadi should find the hilly terrain to their liking.

The orange armada of Euskaltel-Euskadi should find the hilly terrain to their liking.
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AG2R La Mondial riders preview the Liege-Bastogne-Liege route.

AG2R La Mondial riders preview the Liege-Bastogne-Liege route.
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Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) checks in with his directeur sportif.

Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) checks in with his directeur sportif.
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Riders enjoyed good weather during their LIege-Bastogne-Liege recon on Friday.

Riders enjoyed good weather during their LIege-Bastogne-Liege recon on Friday.
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Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan), smiling as usual on the Côte de La Redoute.

Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan), smiling as usual on the Côte de La Redoute.
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2009 Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)

2009 Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)
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Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)

Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)
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Rubens Bertogliati, right, leads his Team Type 1-Sanofi teammates up the La Redoute climb.

Rubens Bertogliati, right, leads his Team Type 1-Sanofi teammates up the La Redoute climb.
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The Lampre-ISD team checks out the Liege-Bastogne-Liege parcours.

The Lampre-ISD team checks out the Liege-Bastogne-Liege parcours.
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Fans of Wout Poels have been busy on the Côte de La Redoute.

Fans of Wout Poels have been busy on the Côte de La Redoute.
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Belgium's Lotto Belisol team will look for a good result in the final Spring Classic of the 2012 season.

Belgium's Lotto Belisol team will look for a good result in the final Spring Classic of the 2012 season.
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The BMC team rolls up the Côte de La Redoute climb.

The BMC team rolls up the Côte de La Redoute climb.
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Japanese champion Fumiyuki Beppu (GreenEdge)

Japanese champion Fumiyuki Beppu (GreenEdge)
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Danish champion Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank)

Danish champion Nicki Sørensen (Saxo Bank)
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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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Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank)

Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank)
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) recons the Côte de La Redoute.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) recons the Côte de La Redoute.
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France's Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) will seek a good results on Sunday.

France's Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) will seek a good results on Sunday.
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The Lampre-ISD team ascends the Côte de La Redoute.

The Lampre-ISD team ascends the Côte de La Redoute.
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Lotto Belisol riders check out the key La Redoute climb on the Liege-Bastogne-Liege parcours.

Lotto Belisol riders check out the key La Redoute climb on the Liege-Bastogne-Liege parcours.
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Defending Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Philippe Gilbert makes his way up the Côte de La Redoute.

Defending Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Philippe Gilbert makes his way up the Côte de La Redoute.
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Philippe Gilbert and his BMC teammates climb the Côte de La Redoute.

Philippe Gilbert and his BMC teammates climb the Côte de La Redoute.
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Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will seek his second straight Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory on Sunday.

Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will seek his second straight Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory on Sunday.
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Australia's GreenEdge team ascends La Redoute on a Friday recon ride.

Australia's GreenEdge team ascends La Redoute on a Friday recon ride.
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The GreenEdge squad recons the Côte de La Redoute.

The GreenEdge squad recons the Côte de La Redoute.
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Danish champion Nicki Sørensen and two Saxo Bank teammates climb Côte de La Redoute

Danish champion Nicki Sørensen and two Saxo Bank teammates climb Côte de La Redoute
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Oscar Freire, right, will be part of a strong Katusha team for Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Oscar Freire, right, will be part of a strong Katusha team for Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
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The Philippe Gilbert fan club has been busy at work for the defending Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion.

The Philippe Gilbert fan club has been busy at work for the defending Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion.
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Plenty of love for Philippe Gilbert on the steep pitch of La Redoute.

Plenty of love for Philippe Gilbert on the steep pitch of La Redoute.
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Crowd barriers in place on the La Redoute climb.

Crowd barriers in place on the La Redoute climb.
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The route markers are up for Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

The route markers are up for Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
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Spanish champion Jose Joaquin Rojas climbs La Redoute with his Movistar teammates.

Spanish champion Jose Joaquin Rojas climbs La Redoute with his Movistar teammates.
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will seek a third Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory on Sunday.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will seek a third Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory on Sunday.
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The hilly Liege-Bastogne-Liege terrain should play to the strengths of Daniel Martin (Garmin-Barracuda).

The hilly Liege-Bastogne-Liege terrain should play to the strengths of Daniel Martin (Garmin-Barracuda).
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Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Barracuda)

Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Sébastien Rosseler (Garmin-Barracuda)

Sébastien Rosseler (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is a heavy favourite to win the 2012 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is a heavy favourite to win the 2012 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
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Katusha's Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodriguez and Angel Vicioso climb La Redoute.

Katusha's Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodriguez and Angel Vicioso climb La Redoute.
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The Côte de La Redoute is prepped with crowd retention barriers.

The Côte de La Redoute is prepped with crowd retention barriers.
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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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