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Liege-Bastogne-Liege Report, Full Results, PHOTOS – Poels Wins Snowy LBL

report by ASO
Poels wins  ©  Cor Vos
April 24, 2016 (Ans, Belgium) – Twenty-eight years after Adri Van Der Poel triumphed here, a heroic Wout Poels became the fifth Dutchman to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege, also known as La Doyenne, the race is the oldest of all the Classics dating back to 1892. The rider from team SKY made the best of the penultimate climb of the day to power away from the favourites group alongside Rui Costa, Michael Albasini and Samuel Sanchez. The decision was finally made on the final straight in Ans where Poels managed to outsprint his rivals, crossing the line in front of Albasini and Rui Costa.

Final sprint  ©  Cor Vos

Very cold weather conditions welcomed the riders of Liege-Bastogne-Liege for the start of the 102nd edition of La Doyenne. It was actually 1?C as the 200 riders took off from the Place Saint-Lambert in the centre of Liege for the 253kms of the race. After eleven kilometres, seven men managed to take off: Brutt (TNK), Tiralongo (AST), Edet (COF), Benedetti (BOA), De Gendt (LTS), De Marchi (BMC) and Roy (FDJ).

Snow  ©  Cor Vos
Snowy conditions  ©  Cor Vos

While the pack was not too concerned by the early breakaway, an eighth man powered away from the main field: Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM). That was just before the race organisation decided to change the initial course due to the hectic conditions. Indeed from km 45 to km 75 the riders headed south avoiding the more hilly roads (meaning 5kms less). On that new itinerary, Laengen eventually managed to catch the front group at kilometre 51. The gap carried on growing and reached a maximum 8’50”.

Snow  ©  Cor Vos

After returning to the initial course at km 75, teams Movistar and Etixx Quick Step moved to the front of the pack and started slowly chasing. From 9′ at the top of the Cute de la Roche-en-Ardenne, it went down to 7’50 at the summit of the Cute de Saint-Roch. As Paolo Tiralongo made it first to the top of the Cute de Wanne (84kms from finish), the chasing pack remained 4′ adrift.

Peloton  ©  Cor Vos

Peloton  ©  Cor Vos
On the Col du Maquisard, Pavel Brutt was the first to struggle and was dropped by his former companions. De Marchi made the best of that climb to power away, eventually taking with him De Gendt, Edet and Laengen moments later. On the legendary Cute de la Redoute, Edet was the first to give it a go. The Frenchman was rapidly caught by De Marchi. After clearing the next two climbs, they were finally caught with under 25kms to go by a hungry pack led by the Etixx Quick Step boys.

Valverde  ©  Cor Vos

Cobbles  ©  Cor Vos
Just after the Cute de la Roche-aux-Faucons with under 20kms to go, Carlos Betancur was the next to try his luck, but the Colombian was caught five kilometres later after enjoying a slim advantage. As riders continued struggling, just under thirty riders remained together. On the Cute de Saint-Nicolas, Diego Rosa and IlnurZakarin managed to power away but that attempt wouldn’t be the decisive one either. Eventually on the penultimate and new climb up the Cute de la Rue Naniot, Michael Albasini would launch the perfect move. On the steep hill, the Swiss took off taking with him three riders: Rui Costa (LAM), WoutPoels (SKY) and Samuel Sanchez (BMC). The front four reached the last kilometre with a 10″ lead, enough to start considering victory.

Final podium  ©  Cor Vos

Poels  ©  Cor Vos
After a first attempt on the final climb to Ans, WoutPoels moved to the front and launched the final sprint just after the last left turn. The Dutchman managed to hang on all the way to the line, finally beating Albasini and Rui Costa for what would be the greatest victory of his career. Twenty-eight years after Adri Van der Poel, Poels gives the Netherlands a fourth victory on Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Already a winner of stages on TirrenoAdriatico, the Tour of Basque Country and more recently the Tour of Catalunya, The 28-year-old conquers his first ever monument.

Poels  ©  Cor Vos


1. Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 6:24:29
2. Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEdge
3. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida
4. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing Team 0:04
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:09
6. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:11
7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 0:12
8. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
11. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
12. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
13. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
14. Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team
15. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
16. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
17. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
18. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19. Stephen Cummings (Gbr) Dimension Data
20. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
21. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
22. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
23. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step
24. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre – Merida 0:40
25. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
26. Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
27. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana Pro Team
28. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team
29. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:47
30. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team 1:18
31. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre – Merida 1:29
32. Huub Duyn (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
33. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
34. Daniel Navarro Garcia (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
35. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
36. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
37. Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:41
38. Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:51
39. Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step 1:53
40. Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
41. Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling
42. Igor Anton Hernandez (Esp) Dimension Data
43. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team 1:56
44. Ben Swift (Gbr) Team Sky
45. Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
47. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step
48. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
49. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
50. Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team 2:01
51. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2:21
52. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
53. Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data 2:22
54. Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:35
55. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre – Merida 2:40
56. Adam Yates (Gbr) Orica-GreenEdge 2:49
57. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 2:51
58. David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Etixx – Quick-Step
59. Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
60. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo 3:00
61. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step 3:11
62. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:39
63. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4:02
64. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton 4:17
65. Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:33
66. Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ
67. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge
68. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
69. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky 4:38
70. Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre – Merida 5:27
71. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
72. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
73. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo – Vital Concept
74. Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
75. Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
76. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept
77. Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
78. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
79. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
80. Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
81. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
82. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
83. Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
84. Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
85. Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
86. José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18
87. Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
88. Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept
89. Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 5:47
90. Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
91. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
92. Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team
93. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data
94. Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 6:11
95. Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre – Merida 6:49
96. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 6:50
97. Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 7:18
98. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
99. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 7:24
100. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
101. Alberto Losada Alguacil (Esp) Team Katusha
102. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 7:49
103. Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
104. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton 8:01
105. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 8:17
106. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie 8:19
107. Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty – Groupe Gobert 8:31
108. Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team 8:42
109. Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 9:07
110. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18 9:31
111. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:10:31
112. Christopher Froome (Gbr) Team Sky
113. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team
114. Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
115. Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
116. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling
117. Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team
118. Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
119. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:11:35
120. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
121. Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:11:47
122. Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:12:25
123. Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:12:48
124. Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
125. Ruben Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team
126. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:12:53
127. Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:12:56
128. Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
129. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling
130. Reinier Honig (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton 0:13:27
131. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:13:36
132. Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
133. Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 0:14:06
134. Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
135. Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
136. Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling
137. Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
138. Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
139. Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin
140. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
141. Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
142. Oliver Zaugg (Sui) IAM Cycling
143. Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
144. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Esp) Team Katusha
145. Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
146. Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
147. Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
148. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
149. David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling
150. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 0:14:42
151. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:14:44
152. Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
153. Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
154. Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
DNF Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step
DNF Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
DNF Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha
DNF Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre – Merida
DNF Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida
DNF Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Team
DNF Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Omar Fraile Matarranz (Esp) Dimension Data
DNF Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
DNF Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Mark Mcnally (Gbr) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
DNF Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
DNF Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
DNF Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
DNF Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM Cycling
DNF Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
DNF Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling
DNF Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
DNF Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
DNF Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
DNF Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
DNF Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
DNF Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
DNF Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept
DNF Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept
DNF Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept

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