Andersen wins espoir Liège - Bastogne - Liège

Bontrager-Livestrong's Ian Boswell and Chipotle Development Team's Josh Berry overcame extreme weather conditions to finish second and third Saturday at the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race in Belgium. Denmark's Michael Andersen (Glud & Marstrand) soloed in for the win.

Saturday’s weather, which included snow flurries, helped whittle the field of 198 starters to just 56 by the finish of the 180.8km U23 race that runs prior to this weekend's ProTour event. Boswell attacked the peloton with about 20 kilometers remaining and bridged to a seven-rider chase group, including Berry.

The leaders hunted down Andersen’s leading trio, which had escaped the peloton with about 70km remaining. Andersen attacked the lead group with just over 10km remaining in the race and set off for the finish on his own. At the top of the last climb of St. Nicholas with about 7 km to go, he led Boswell, Berry and the two former riders from his lead group by about 31 seconds.

The chase group swelled to 10 riders before Boswell attacked one more time at 5km. Berry also jumped away from that group, and the two Americans set off in search of the lone Dane at the head of the race. But Boswell soon ran out of race course, and Andersen finished about 15 seconds ahead of Boswell and then Berry at about 52 seconds in arrears. Team USA's Larry Warbasse, who finished fifth last year, was 24th.

The podium finish marks Boswell's best in three tries and the best-ever by an American. Berry, who was riding his first race for the US national team, told the local press that his upbringing in Idaho's Sun Valley prepared him well for the harsh conditions.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Glud & Marstrand4:35:48
2Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:00:15
3Joshua Berry (USA) Chipotle - First Solar0:00:52
4Dieter Bouvry (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step0:00:58
5Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cc Nogent-sur-oiseRow 4 - Cell 2
6Samuel Spokes (Aus) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step0:01:02
7Ethan Kimmince (Aus) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.Step0:01:04
8Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) Vendée U0:01:07
10Kristian Dyrnes (Nor) Oster Hus - RidleyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Team Jayco SkinsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Vl Technics AbutriekRow 11 - Cell 2
13Petr Vakoc (Cze) CC Etupes Le DoubsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sander Helven (Bel) Ovyta - Eijssen AcrogRow 13 - Cell 2
15Gert-Jan Devos (Bel) Geox Fuji Test Team0:01:10
16Warren Barguil (Fra) CC Etupes Le Doubs0:02:02
17Axel Domont (Fra)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Sean De Bie (Bel) Ovyta - Eijssen Acrog0:02:40
19Gerry Druyts (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.StepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ludwig De Winter (Bel) Vérandas Willems - Cc ChevignyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Yann Botrel (Fra)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto - Ridley EspoirsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC - Hincapie Sportswear TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Crédit AgricoleRow 24 - Cell 2
26Frederik Backaert (Bel) United Cycling Team Sint TruidenRow 25 - Cell 2
27Axel Gremelpont (Bel) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 26 - Cell 2
28Diego Van Looy (Bel) Geox Fuji Test Team0:03:24
29Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:03:28
30Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Idemasport - BiowanzeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Patrick Clausen (Den) Glud & MarstrandRow 30 - Cell 2
32Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Lotto - Ridley EspoirsRow 33 - Cell 2
35Dylan Teuns (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - BauknechtRow 34 - Cell 2
36Antoine Warnier (Bel) Ucs Crabbé Performance VOORow 35 - Cell 2
37Bryan Kouwenbergh (Bel) Vl Technics AbutriekRow 36 - Cell 2
38Thomas Vanbesien (Bel) Lotto - Ridley EspoirsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Bram Van Broekhoven (Bel) Apk Quality TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Niels Tooth (Bel) Melbotech - Prorace Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Fredrik S Galta (Nor) Oster Hus - RidleyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Vendée URow 41 - Cell 2
43Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Livestrong TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto - Ridley Espoirs0:04:53
45Kenzie Boutté (Bel) Soenens-Construkt Glas0:10:24
46Gilles Loncin (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.StepRow 45 - Cell 2
47James Oram (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team0:11:34
48Quentin Borcy (Bel) Vérandas Willems - Cc ChevignyRow 47 - Cell 2
49Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Janis Dakteris (Lat) T.Palm - Pôle Continental WallonRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jens Van Bijlen (Bel) United Cycling Team Sint TruidenRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daniel Klemme (Ger)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Jens Wallays (Bel) EFC - OmegaPharma - Quick.StepRow 52 - Cell 2
54Phillip Müller (Ger)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Brecht Ruyters (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - BauknechtRow 54 - Cell 2
56Arnaud Geronboux (Bel) Idemasport - BiowanzeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Niels Vandyck (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - BauknechtRow 56 - Cell 2


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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.

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