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Recon Ride: Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Podcast

There were all kinds of flags at the Côte de Saint Roch today

There were all kinds of flags at the Côte de Saint Roch today (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The Ardennes Classics reach their conclusion Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the last Monument of the spring.

Top-shelf climbing legs, a punchy finish, tactical cunning and elite endurance are all valuable tools for a race that checks all the boxes for a major Classic; Liège is very long, very demanding and very, very old.

Can Movistar's Alejandro Valverde leverage his blazing form en route to a fourth career victory? Can Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski pick up the baton for defending champion Wout Poels – sidelined with a knee injury – and hunt down a second Monument win this year? Can Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) find his way back to the top of the podium in the race that saw him claim his first big one-day victory a few years ago?

With the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne lending a hand as guides for which riders are in form and motivated this April, the Recon Ride looks ahead to 'La Doyenne.'

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