Bahrain Victorious to the oldest Monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège 

The Ardennes Classics triptych ends with the 108th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, April 24, starting and finishing in Liège (Belgium) over a 256.9km course.

The oldest Monument, known as “La Doyenne” (The Old Lady), is also considered the hardest. The gruelling course with 4,400 vertical meters and the iconic Côtes like La Redoute, le Col du Rosier and the Roche-aux-Faucons attract the climbers, but the contenders must be skilled for the fast finale too.

Bahrain Victorious won’t be hiding its ambition to be the race’s protagonist, lining up with some of the strongest contenders. Recent winner of Flèche Wallonne, Dylan Teuns, will be looking to carry his confidence into the race: “This gave me extra motivation for sure as it happened on Wednesday. That victory made me even more confident, and I still have good legs to be able to arrive in Liège and contest a selected sprint finish, if that would be the case”.

Alongside the Belgian leader is Matej Mohorič, who is back with the team after his brilliant performance at the Paris-Roubaix. The Slovenian Champion was close to the podium in 2020, sprinting to 4th place in Liège.

“Not only can we rely on those two champions. We also have an additional card with Jack Haig,” SD Gorazd Stangelj explains. “The quality of this lineup is premium: we also have a former Liège winner like Wout Poels, a road captain in great shape as Damiano Caruso, the experienced Luis Leon Sanchez at his 13th appearance and Mikel Landa, who joins us right after the Tour of the Alps.

From the beginning of these Ardennes Classics, we’ve shown that the team is constantly fighting to achieve the best places possible. The team at the start of Liège will be again a strong one and with big expectations.

Our number one leader will be Dylan Teuns after his stunning performance at the Flèche, but we will try to be ready for two different race outcomes. The race changed slightly in the finale, with one climb less, but as in the past editions, we expect the race to be decided on the final climb, with a small group of riders battling in the last run to Liège.

I’d like to see more than one of our guys in the finale, but it’s difficult to say as the race is always very controlled and decided on the Roche-aux-Faucons. Easy to predict, but hard to execute”.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com