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Shorter Liège-Bastogne-Liège, more selective finale for 2015

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The 2014 Liège - Bastogne - Liège podium: Alejandro Valverde, Simon Gerrans and Michal Kwiatkowski

The 2014 Liège - Bastogne - Liège podium: Alejandro Valverde, Simon Gerrans and Michal Kwiatkowski
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2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege route

2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege route
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Simon Gerrans celebrates his win

Simon Gerrans celebrates his win
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Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) after his late crash in Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) after his late crash in Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) wins Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) wins Liège - Bastogne - Liège
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Liege Bastogne Liege 2013

Liege Bastogne Liege 2013
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The organisers of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Amaury Sport Organisation, have elected to return the race to a route similar to that of 2013, making for a somewhat shorter route and more selective finale than last year's event, which saw a large group together into the last kilometre from which Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) claimed the victory.

The 2015 edition of La Doyenne will be a full 10 kilometres shorter than last year's, but is still lengthy at 253km. Rather than tackle the Côte de la Vecquée after the Côtes de Stockeu and Haute-Levée, the race instead adds in the 4.4km-long Col du Rosier (5.9%) and the 2.5km Col du Maquisard before heading directly to the traditional finish containing the Côtes de La Redoute, Roche-aux-Faucons and Saint-Nicolas.

The race will again skip the Mont-Theux, which was part of the 2013 route, bringing the distance between the Col du Maquisard and La Redout down to 11.5km, from 25.5km compared with 2013, giving less recovery between climbs for the peloton.

Climbs of the 2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège:

Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne (km 79.0 - 2.8km, 6.2%)
Côte de Saint-Roch (km 125.5 - 1km, 11.2%)
Côte de Wanne (km 169.0 - 2.7km, 7.4%)
Côte de Stockeu (km 175.5 - 1km, 12.5%)
Côte de la Haute-Levée (km 181.5 - 3.6km, 5.6%)
Col du Rosier (km 194.0 - 4.4km, 5.9%)
Col du Maquisard (km 207.0 - 2.5km, 5%)
Côte de La Redoute (km 218.5 - 2km, 8.9%)
Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (km 234.0 - 1.5km, 9.4%)
Côte de Saint-Nicolas (km 248.0 - 1.2km, 8.6%)