The 102nd edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège took place in quite heavy weather conditions, with snow, rain and a very low temperature. After a long lasting breakaway with 8 riders, the two final climbs finally forced the destiny in this race and the favourites didn't get a chance to battle for victory when the race was won by the Dutch rider Wout Poels (Team Sky)!
The summary of Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016
200 riders started this morning in Liège for the 253 kilometers which made up the Liège-Bastogne-Liège race route this year, under almost freezing temperatures, around one degree, and with some snow flakes.
Despites the difficult weather conditions, a group of 7 riders got away from the peloton after only a bit more than ten kilometers: Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff), Paolo Tiralongo (Astana), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing Team) and Jérémy Roy ...> Read the whole story | 4 comments | shown 3318x
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In 1892 the very first edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège was organised and this race thus naturally has the nickname La Doyenne (the "oldest"). The first edition thus took place 124 years ago and this year is the 102nd edition of the Belgian classic which will take place between Liège, Bastogne and ... Ans (the finish location since 1992). Don't hesitate to read about the history of Liège-Bastogne-Liège which I published in the article about the race route of the 100th edition in 2014.
The race route has been a bit modified in 2016, mainly because of the roadworks on the Côte de Stockeu.
In this article you'll find all the details of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016 race route with its map on Google Maps/Google Earth, the profile of ...
This Sunday, the Dutch classic, the Amstel Gold Race, will take place between Maastricht and the Rijksweg in Vilt. Indeed, since 2013, the finish is no longer on top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg but at the same location as where the races of the 2012 cycling World Championships finished.
The race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2016 - which is the 51st edition - is a little bit different from last year's race route but the UCI WorldTour race still contains the same 34 climbs (in 2011 we went up from 31 climb to 32 and in 2012 back to 31, before going up to 34 in 2013). In this article you'll find the time- and route schedule and the race route on Google Maps. You can also download the race route in Google Earth for example to do a virtual fly-over of the race. ...
There were two big favorites at the start of the 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix: Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo). Even though other riders were "marked" as well, we were pretty much expecting these two guys to be present in the decisive part of the race. While a breakaway with some strong guys was leading the race, a crash in the peloton however made an end to the dream of these two favorites because they ended up in the second part of the peloton and were no longer able to catch up with the breakaway which merged with a part of the first peloton. A crash even definitively brings an end to the dream of a good classification in the Queen stage of the classics for Fabian Cancellara.
The selection on the cobble stones sections ends up by with a small group of 5 coureurs, Tom Boonen, Luke Rowe, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sep Vanmarcke and Mathew Hayman and it becomes evident at about twenty ...
Tomorrow, 199 riders of 25 different teams will start in Compiègne for 257.5 kilometers of racing, including 52.8 kilometers on cobble stones (see the Paris-Roubaix 2016 race route on Google Maps). This will be the 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix and it will start without last year's winner, John Degenkolb ...
Starting in Compiègne, the weather should be dry but potentially still with some fog which will disappear progressively. While early this week the weather reports still mentioned rain during the race (which would have been a first since several years!), this will finally not be the case and the riders will thus get on the cobbles towards Roubaix under a dry sky, but without much sun.
The queen of the classics,; Paris-Roubaix 2016, will take place this Sunday. For the 114th edition of the race, the organisor chose to keep a similar route as the 2015 race route (which was identical to the 2013 race route) when the race was won by John Degenkolb, but there's one modification: the cobble stones section number 22, Verchain-Maugré, has been turned in for the Capelle-Ruesnes section which is partially uphill at the "Hameau du Buat". Situated in the first part of the cobble stones programme, this change shouldn't have a real impact on the result of the race.
In the Hell of the North all small things can however come disturb the race for one of the riders or maybe the contrary, help another one. So, nothing's sure beforehand: Sunday everything will be decided on the cobbles ...
The 27 cobble stones sections of Paris-Roubaix 2016
In the middle of the classics season, the Tour of Flanders this weekend is a real monument among the Belgian classics. Created in 1913 and only interrupted during the First World War, it celebrates a particular edition this year, the 100th, and the race saw all the big classics names win it, from Henri Suter to Alexander Kristoff via Walter Godefroot, Eddy Merckx, Roger de Vlaeminck and Johan Museeuw or Fabian Cancellara.
With 68 victories out of 99, Belgium is the record holder of the number of victories in the Tour of Flanders but we'll see this Sunday whether the Tour of Flanders 2016 race route which you'll find below on Google Maps/Google Earth will again deliver a Belgian winner or not.
The Tour of Flanders 2016 race route on Google Maps
With the changes compared to 2015, mainly in the first part of the race route which will bring the riders from the start in Bruge ...> Read the whole story | 2 comments | shown 5816x
The Belgian classics continue this Sunday with Ghent-Wevelgem, a 242.8 kilometer long race which will come through a hilly area which often decides the outcome of the race in the second part of it.
In this article you'll find the race route on Google Maps/Google Earth for Ghent-Wevelgem 2016 and that race route is slightly different from last year!
The Ghent-Wevelgem 2016 race route on Google Maps
On Sunday morning, the riders and followers of the classics will meet up in .. Deinze for the start of Ghent-Wevelgem. Indeed, like many other races this race also carries the name of its historical start location but since 2004 already, the race doesn't start from Ghent anymore.
The race route of this race has been slightly modified compared to 2015 and even the climbs are not exactly the same. Enough changes to force me to completelty redraw the map!
Time flies and it's already about time for the first Belgian paved classic of the UCI WorldTour, which will take this Friday, the Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke.
As a real introduction to the classics season after "A travers la Flandre" which was won by Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) who managed to beat Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) on the line last Wednesday in a particular context after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke will have a modified race route which contains a concentration of no less than 15 "mounts" mainly in the middle of the race (compared to 17 last year). Hereunder you can discover this race route in detail on Google Maps, the profile of the race and the possibility to download the race route in Google Earth with a KML file and the participants list.