Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2017 odds
Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the oldest of cycling’s classics. First run in 1892, Liege Bastogne Liege, or LBL as it is also called, takes you through the hilliest parts of Belgium, along routes typical of the Ardennes.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège is nicknamed ‘La Doyenne’ as it is the oldest race out of the classics which is still taking place today. Don’t be fooled and think that Belgium is flat. This race takes in plenty of steep, hilly sections and makes for some dramatic racing.
The 103rd edition of the Belgium classic Liège–Bastogne–Liège will be held on Sunday the 23th of April, 2017. La Doyenne is the fourth Monument in the seaon. Liège–Bastogne–Liège is the last of the Spring classics before the Grand Tour season starts.
The race is about 250 kilometres long, setting out from Liège towards Bastogne, taking a U-turn and heading back to Liège via some of the toughest climbs in the Ardennes, including La Redoute, which is often where the real action starts.
Both Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège saw somewhat surprise winners in 2016, so will we see an outsider on the top of the podium again next year, or will the favourites return to power?
Triple winner of Liège - Bastogne - Liège, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde will try to bring the win for him and the Movistar team, with which he has extended their contract till the end of 2019. The Spaniard has taken a series of large and noteworthy victories. Among others, he won the Fleche Wallonne four times, including the last three consecutive years. ’’Probably he's the best all-rounder and the most consistent Spanish rider ever, and he has been a reference point in World Tour field in the almost decade and a half’’, says Movistar on the team's website.
Dan Martin announced that next season he will target the Spring Classics and the Tour with a determination to succeed in both April and July. "The Classics are the first part of the season but seeing that presentation, I've got my appetite for the Tour. We'll go there with ambitions but the Classics are in April and there's a long time between the Classics and the Tour.’’, Martin said.
Wout Poels will be looking in 2017 to confirm that his win in last year’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège was not a random one. After the team Sky extended his contract at the end of 2016 he said that "I am very pleased that such a long-term contract with us, it shows that the team trusts me, and of course also that I can trust them - opined in this year's Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner. - I feel that I go step by step. The victory in Liege, it also confirms that I managed to move forward as a contender.’’ He was in good shape ahead of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, too, finishing fourth at La Fleche Wallonne in Kwiatkowski’s absence.
The 8th place of 2016 edition, Joaquim Rogriguez is also expected to make a good impresion, as well as Julian Alaphilippe, Simon Gerrans and Michal Kwiatkowski.