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Rebellin, Boogerd and Vinokourov (L-R) on the Côte de Saint Nicolas
Race details
Date Late-April
Region Ardennes, Belgium
English name Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Local name(s) Liège-Bastogne-Liège (French)
Luik-Bastenaken-Luik (Dutch)
Nickname(s) La Doyenne ("the oldest")
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI ProTour
Type Monument classic one-day race
Organiser ASO
First edition 1892
Editions 95 (as of 2009)
First winner  Léon Houa (BEL)
Most wins  Eddy Merckx (BEL) (5 wins)
Most recent  Andy Schleck (LUX)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège, often called La Doyenne ("the oldest"), is one of the five 'Monuments' of the European professional road cycling calendar, and one of 24 races in which points can be gained towards the UCI World Ranking. The first edition was run in 1892 for amateurs, the first race for professionals taking place in 1894 when Leon Houa (who won the 1892 race as an amateur) triumphed. It is run in the Ardennes region of Belgium, from Liège to Bastogne and back.



Liège-Bastogne-Liège was part of the UCI Road World Cup and is part of the Belgian Ardennes Classics series, which includes La Flèche Wallonne. Both are organised by Amaury Sport Organisation. At one time, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège were run on successive days as Le Weekend Ardennais. Only six riders have achieved the Ardennes double by winning both in the same year: the Swiss Ferdi Kübler twice (in 1951 and 1952), Belgians Stan Ockers (1955) and Eddy Merckx (1972), Italians Moreno Argentin (1991) and Davide Rebellin (2004), and the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (2006).

The race has in several editions been affected by tough weather conditions. In 1919, 1957 and 1980 there were severe conditions with low temperatures and snow. Two riders shared the win of the 1957 race. Germain Derijcke was the first over the line but because he crossed a closed rail crossing, the second placed rider, Frans Schoubben, was promoted to first place as well. Derijcke was not disqualified because he had won with three minutes advantage so the judges felt he had not profited from illegally crossing the closed rail crossing.[1] The 1980 edition is memorable because of snow that besieged the race from the start and referred to as neige-Bastogne-neige (snow-Bastogne-snow) by commentators. Bernard Hinault attacked with 80 km to go and finished nearly 10 minutes ahead.


La Côte de "La Redoute"

The race follows a straightforward 95 km route from Liège to Bastogne, and a winding 163 km route back to Liège. The second half contains most of the climbs, such as the Stockeu, Haute-Levée, La Redoute, Saint-Nicolas and the Col de Forges before finishing in the northern Liège suburb of Ans. The many hills give opportunities for riders to attack, and the race often rewards aggressive riders such as Michele Bartoli and Paolo Bettini.

Well known climbs [2]
km mark Name Distance Slope
57.7 Côte de Ny' 1.8 km 5.7 %
82.0 Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne 2.8 km 4.9 %
128.0 Côte de Saint-Roch 0.8 km 12.0 %
172.0 Côte de Wanne 2.7 km 7.0 %
178.5 Côte de Stockeu 1.1 km 10.5 %
184.0 Côte de la Haute-Levée 3.4 km 6.0 %
196.5 Côte du Rosier 4.0 km 5.9 %
209.0 Côte de la Vecquée 3.1 km 5.9 %
226.5 Côte de la Redoute 2.1 km 8.4 %
241.5 Côte de la Roche aux Faucons 1.5 km 9.9 %
255.5 Côte de Saint-Nicolas 1.0 km 11.1 %


Rider Team
1892 Belgium Houa, LeonLéon Houa (BEL)
1893 Belgium Houa, LeonLéon Houa (BEL)
1894 Belgium Houa, LeonLéon Houa (BEL)
No race
1908 France Trousselier, AndreAndré Trousselier (FRA)
1909 Belgium Fastre, VictorVictor Fastre (BEL)
1910 No race
1911 Belgium Daele, Joseph VanJoseph Van Daele (BEL)
1912 Belgium Verschoore, OmerOmer Verschoore (BEL)
1913 Belgium Moritz, MauritsMaurits Moritz (BEL)
No race
1919 Belgium Devos, LeonLeon Devos (BEL)
1920 Belgium Scieur, LeonLéon Scieur (BEL) La Sportive
1921 Belgium Mottiat, LouisLouis Mottiat (BEL) La Sportive
1922 Belgium Mottiat, LouisLouis Mottiat (BEL) Alcyon
1923 Belgium Vermandel, ReneRené Vermandel (BEL) Alcyon
1924 Belgium Vermandel, ReneRené Vermandel (BEL) Alcyon
1925 Belgium Ronsse, GeorgesGeorges Ronsse (BEL)
1926 Belgium Smets, DieudonneDieudonné Smets (BEL)
1927 Belgium Raes, MauriceMaurice Raes (BEL)
1928 Belgium Mottard, ErnestErnest Mottard (BEL)
1929 Belgium Schepers, AlfonsAlfons Schepers (BEL)
1930 Germany Buse, HermannHermann Buse (GER) Dukopp
1931 Belgium Schepers, AlfonsAlfons Schepers (BEL) La Francaise
1932 Belgium Houyoux, MarcelMarcel Houyoux (BEL)
1933 Belgium Gardier, FrancoisFrançois Gardier (BEL) Cycles De Pas
1934 Belgium Herckenrath, TheoTheo Herckenrath (BEL) La Francaise
1935 Belgium Schepers, AlfonsAlfons Schepers (BEL) Dilecgta
1936 Belgium Beckaert, AlbertAlbert Beckaert (BEL) Alcyon
1937 Belgium Meulenberg, EloiEloi Meulenberg (BEL) Alcyon
1938 Belgium Deloor, AlfonsAlfons Deloor (BEL) Helyett
1939 Belgium Ritserveldt, AlbertAlbert Ritserveldt (BEL) Dilecta-De Dion
No race
1943 Belgium Depoorter, RichardRichard Depoorter (BEL) Helyett
1944 No race
1945 Belgium Engels, JeanJean Engels (BEL) Alcyon
1946 Belgium Depredomme, ProsperProsper Depredomme (BEL) Dilecta-Wolber-Garin
1947 Belgium Depoorter, RichardRichard Depoorter (BEL) Garin-Wolber
1948 Belgium Mollin, MauriceMaurice Mollin (BEL) Mercier-Hutchinson
1949 France Danguillaume, CamilleCamille Danguillaume (FRA) Peugeot-Dunlop
1950 Belgium Depredomme, ProsperProsper Depredomme (BEL) Girardengo-Garin
1951 Switzerland Kübler, FerdinandFerdinand Kübler (SUI) Frejus-Fiorelli-Tebag
1952 Switzerland Kübler, FerdinandFerdinand Kübler (SUI) Frejus-Tebag
1953 Belgium Hertog, Alois DeAlois De Hertog (BEL) Alcyon-Dunlop
1954 Luxembourg Ernzer, MarcelMarcel Ernzer (LUX) Terrot-Hutchinson
1955 Belgium Ockers, StanStan Ockers (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
1956 Belgium Bruyne, Fred DeFred De Bruyne (BEL) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1957 Belgium Schoubben, FransFrans Schoubben (BEL) Elvé-Peugeot
Belgium Derycke, GermainGermain Derycke (BEL) Faema-Guerra
1958 Belgium Bruyne, Fred DeFred De Bruyne (BEL) Carpano
1959 Belgium Bruyne, Fred DeFred De Bruyne (BEL) Carpano
1960 Netherlands Geldermans, AlbertusAlbertus Geldermans (NED) St.Raphael
1961 Belgium Looy, Rik VanRik Van Looy (BEL) Faema
1962 Belgium Planckaert, JefJef Planckaert (BEL) Flandria-Faema-Clement
1963 Belgium Melckenbeeck, FransFrans Melckenbeeck (BEL) Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1964 Belgium Blocklandt, WillyWilly Blocklandt (BEL) Flandria-Romero
1965 Italy Preziosi, CarmineCarmine Preziosi (ITA) Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune
1966 France Anquetil, JacquesJacques Anquetil (FRA) Ford Hutchinson
1967 Belgium Godefroot, WalterWalter Godefroot (BEL) Flandria-De Clerck
1968 Belgium Sweefelt, Walter VanWalter Van Sweefelt (BEL) Smiths
1969 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Faema
1970 Belgium De Vlaeminck, RogerRoger De Vlaeminck (BEL) Flandria-Mars
1971 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1972 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1973 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1974 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL) MIC-De Gribaldy-Ludo
1975 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni-Campagnolo
1976 Belgium Bruyere, JosephJoseph Bruyère (BEL) Molteni-Campagnolo
1977 France Hinault, BernardBernard Hinault (FRA) Gitane-Campagnolo
1978 Belgium Bruyere, JosephJoseph Bruyère (BEL) C&A
1979 Germany Thurau, DietrichDietrich Thurau (GER) Ijosboerke-Warncke Eis
1980 France Hinault, BernardBernard Hinault (FRA) Renault-Elf-Gitane
1981 Switzerland Fuchs, JosefJosef Fuchs (SUI) Cilo-Aufina
1982 Italy Contini, SilvanoSilvano Contini (ITA) Bianchi-Poggio
1983 Netherlands Rooks, StevenSteven Rooks (NED) Sem-France Loire
1984 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) Skil-Sem-Reydell
1985 Italy Argentin, MorenoMoreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana-Bianchi
1986 Italy Argentin, MorenoMoreno Argentin (ITA) Sammontana-Bianchi
1987 Italy Argentin, MorenoMoreno Argentin (ITA) Gewiss-Bianchi
1988 Netherlands Poel, Adri van derAdri van der Poel (NED) PDM-Concorde
1989 Republic of Ireland Kelly, SeanSean Kelly (IRL) PDM-Concorde
1990 Belgium Lancker, Eric VanEric Van Lancker (BEL) Panasonic-Sportlife
1991 Italy Argentin, MorenoMoreno Argentin (ITA) Ariostea
1992 Belgium Wolf, Dirk DeDirk De Wolf (BEL) Gatorade-Chateaux d'Ax
1993 Denmark Sorensen, RolfRolf Sørensen (DEN) Carrera Jeans-Tassoni
1994 Russia Berzin, EugeniEugeni Berzin (RUS) Gewiss-Ballan
1995 Switzerland Gianetti, MauroMauro Gianetti (SUI) Team Polti
1996 Switzerland Richard, PascalPascal Richard (SUI) MG Maglificio
1997 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA) Maglifico MG
1998 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA) Asics
1999 Belgium Vandenbroucke, FrankFrank Vandenbroucke (BEL) Cofidis
2000 Italy Bettini, PaoloPaolo Bettini (ITA) Mapei-Quickstep
2001 Switzerland Camenzind, OscarOscar Camenzind (SUI) Lampre-Daikin
2002 Italy Bettini, PaoloPaolo Bettini (ITA) Mapei-Quickstep
2003 United States Hamilton, TylerTyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC
2004 Italy Rebellin, DavideDavide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2005 Kazakhstan Vinokourov, AlexandreAlexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) T-Mobile Team
2006 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
2007 Italy Di Luca, DaniloDanilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas
2008 Spain Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne
2009 Luxembourg Schleck, AndyAndy Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank


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