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Gallery: Riders recon the course for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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BMC heads up La Redoute

BMC heads up La Redoute
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Philippe Gilbertis a local, and fans painted his name on La Redoute

Philippe Gilbertis a local, and fans painted his name on La Redoute
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Daniel Martin attacks on La Redoute

Daniel Martin attacks on La Redoute
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Garmin-Sharp ready to support Martin in Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Garmin-Sharp ready to support Martin in Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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IAM Cycling on La Redoute

IAM Cycling on La Redoute
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IAM Cycling on La Redoute

IAM Cycling on La Redoute
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Italian champion Ivan Santaromita Ivan and Orica-GreenEdge ride La Redoute

Italian champion Ivan Santaromita Ivan and Orica-GreenEdge ride La Redoute
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Orica-GreenEdge ride La Redoute

Orica-GreenEdge ride La Redoute
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Carlos Betancur on La Redoute

Carlos Betancur on La Redoute
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Vincenzo Nibali and Astana get a first hand look at La Redoute

Vincenzo Nibali and Astana get a first hand look at La Redoute
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Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) on La Redoute

Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) on La Redoute
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Danny Pat set to line up with Team Sky in Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Danny Pat set to line up with Team Sky in Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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Jussi Veikkanen will start Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Jussi Veikkanen will start Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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World champion Rui Costa is easy to spot as he trains on La Redoute

World champion Rui Costa is easy to spot as he trains on La Redoute
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World champion Rui Costa on La Redoute

World champion Rui Costa on La Redoute
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Lampre-Merida trains on La Redoute

Lampre-Merida trains on La Redoute
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Lampre-Merida prepares for Liège - Bastogne - Liège on La Redoute

Lampre-Merida prepares for Liège - Bastogne - Liège on La Redoute
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Andy Schleck trains on La Redoute with a heavily taped knee

Andy Schleck trains on La Redoute with a heavily taped knee
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Julian Arredondo could be Trek's secret card for Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Julian Arredondo could be Trek's secret card for Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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Tom Jelte Slagter tests himself on La Redoute

Tom Jelte Slagter tests himself on La Redoute
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A heavily bearded Ryder Hesjedal on La Redoute

A heavily bearded Ryder Hesjedal on La Redoute
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Belkin on La Redoute

Belkin on La Redoute
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La Redoute painted for local hero Philippe Gilbert

La Redoute painted for local hero Philippe Gilbert
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La Redoute

La Redoute
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Alejandro Valverde leads Movistar up La Redoute

Alejandro Valverde leads Movistar up La Redoute
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John Gadret (Movistar) on La Redoute

John Gadret (Movistar) on La Redoute
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Fans watch the Tinkoff-Saxo team recon the climb

Fans watch the Tinkoff-Saxo team recon the climb
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Tinoff-Saxo recons La Redoute

Tinoff-Saxo recons La Redoute
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Tinoff-Saxo recons La Redoute

Tinoff-Saxo recons La Redoute
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Philippe Gilbert and BMC check out La Redoute

Philippe Gilbert and BMC check out La Redoute
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Philippe Gilbert is a favourite for Sunday's Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Philippe Gilbert is a favourite for Sunday's Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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Lotto - Belisol trains on La Redoute

Lotto - Belisol trains on La Redoute
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Cannondale rides the Liège - Bastogne - Liège route

Cannondale rides the Liège - Bastogne - Liège route
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Wout Poels (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) is an outside contender after a strong Pais Vasco

Wout Poels (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) is an outside contender after a strong Pais Vasco
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Tony Martin climbs La Redoute with the OPQS team

Tony Martin climbs La Redoute with the OPQS team
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Michal Kwiatkowski tests himself on La Redoute

Michal Kwiatkowski tests himself on La Redoute
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Belkin on La Redoute

Belkin on La Redoute
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) on the climb

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) on the climb
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Fränk Schleck and Bob Jungels climb La Redoute

Fränk Schleck and Bob Jungels climb La Redoute
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The 100th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège is set to get underway on Sunday, and all of the race favourites took advantage of a beautiful Friday afternoon to preview the course for La Doyenne.

La Redoute was the most popular scouting climb, with Movistar's Alejandro Valverde looking relaxed as he chatted with his teammates while riding up.

Defending champion Dan Martin put in a mock attack for the cameras while heading up with his Garmin-Sharp team, while a bearded Ryder Hesjedal chose to go it alone.

Philippe Gilbert followed his own name, painted numerous times on the climb, as he ascended with his BMC teammates.

Carlos Betancur (AG2R-La Mondiale), Wout Poels (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), and Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) have realistic chances of victory in Ans on Sunday, and all were out training on La Redoute in preparation.

Enjoy this gallery of images from the reconnaissance.

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