October 4, 2020
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020 – Liège – Liège : 257 km
The 2017 Tour of Britain is a eight-stage men’s professional road cycling race. It is the fourteenth running of the modern version of the Tour of Britain and the 77th British tour in total.
October 4, 2020
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020 – Liège – Liège : 257 km
The 2017 Tour of Britain is a eight-stage men’s professional road cycling race. It is the fourteenth running of the modern version of the Tour of Britain and the 77th British tour in total. The race starts on 3 September in Edinburgh and finishes on 10 September in Cardiff. The race is part of the 2017 UCI Europe Tour.
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won Liege-Bastogne-Liege in an extraordinary five-man sprint to the line.
World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) believed he had victory sewn up, and lifted his arms up in triumph. However, the Frenchman’s celebrations were premature, and Roglic appeared from his right-hand side to pip him at the line in the closest of photo finishes.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Roglic at the line. “It was so close. I just never stopped believing, and kept pushing until the last metres, actually the last centimeters. I’m super happy that I managed to win.
“It’s an incredible feeling. It was a really long period for me, three months away from home. I’m just super, super happy, and proud of the whole team and everyone. Finally, I managed to win something, eh!”
“Tom [Dumoulin] was really good at the end. Not just him, all of the guys, they did a really super job, I was protected all the time.
“It was on my wishlist to win a monument, and I’m super happy that I managed to do it.”
In a dramatic finish, Alaphilippe was even judged to have diverted from his sprinting line, after a sharp swerve caused Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) to check himself. The race officials decided to demote him to fifth place.
His relegation means that Hirschi and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) were promoted to second and third respectively, and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-McLaren) — who bridged up to the leading quartet on the finishing straight — to fourth.
Alaphilippe had earlier launched the attack that saw the four-man group escape on the final climb, Côté de la Roche-aux-Faucons, bringing to life what had up until then been a subdued, cagey race. Hirschi and Roglic managed to catch him within 300 metres of the summit, while Pogacar joined them on the descent.
How it unfolded
The 2020 edition of La Doyenne was held in unfamiliar circumstances, with the Covid-19 pandemic causing it to be rescheduled to October rather than its usual April slot in the calendar.
In what started out as a grey, cold day, the riders opted for various forms of clothing in response to the conditions, some going for leg-warmers, and others donning jackets.
Within 15km, the day’s break had formed, consisting of nine riders. They were: Inigo Elosegui (Movistar), Kobe Goossense (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Schar (CCC), Kenny Molly, Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal WB), Omer Goldstein (Israel Start-Up Nation), Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin (Total Direct Energie), Gino Mader (NTT Pro Cycling) and Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo).
Ten became nine when Kamp punctured and dropped back into the peloton.
By the time the break reached the first climb of the day, Côte de la Roche-en-Ardennes, after 76km, their gap over the peloton was approaching six minutes.
With Deceuninck-QuickStep working at the front of the peloton, that gap slowly but surely came down, dipping below four minutes 120km from the finish, and later to within three minutes at the 100km to go mark.
This section of the race was mostly uneventful, save for one crash involving Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) They came down heavily after hitting a traffic bollard, and were all forced to abandon.
The pace in the peloton started to pick up upon arriving at the Côte de Mont-le-Soie, the first of nine climbs in the final 93km that form the race’s endgame.
Another crash brought down several riders shortly after the peak of the next climb, Côte de Wanne. Alaphilippe was among those involved, and, though he was able to remount and re-join the peloton, was visibly stressed by the multiple bike changes and mechanical assistance required after the incident.
Trek-Segafredo subsequently took over at the front of the peloton, and began picking up riders dropped from the breakaway which by now fractured into several smaller groups. Schar had broken clear to become the lone leader, and was able to extend his lead over the peloton as the pace remained steady over the succession of climbs.
Only when Deceuninck-QuickStep returned to take over pace-setting duties on the Col du Maquisard did the gap start to come down again. The pace increased further as the peloton approached the Côte de la Redoute, with each team vying for position ahead of one of the most crucial parts of the race, and Schar was caught on its lower slopes.
Team Sunweb initially took up the pace-setting on La Redoute, but again it was Deceuninck-QuickStep who ultimately resumed control, and Dries Devenyns’ pace was hard enough to deter any of the favourites — who by now had amassed towards the front of the whittled-down peloton — from attacking.
Apart from one short-lived attack from Michael Albasini (Mitcehton-Scott), and another from Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) that briefly drew out Rui Costa (UAE Emirates) and Alaphilippe, the peloton (by now consisting of between forty to fifty riders) remained intact on the approach to the final climb, Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.
Alalphilippe made the decisive attack 500 metres from the top, by which time he was joined by Roglic and Hirschi. Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) briefly joined them to form a quintet, but was dropped on the draggy roads following the summit.
The four remaining leaders worked well together, maintaining a lead of around 20 seconds over a twelve-man chasing group, where Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) did much of the leading.
Mohoric used his descending skills to escape from this group a few kilometres from the finish, and even threatened to win the race outright when he caught and passed the leading quartet, which had slowed in anticipation of the sprint.
But Alaphilippe used Mohoric to lead himself out, as he launched the sprint that was so narrowly won by Roglic.
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 6:32:02
2 Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb
3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
4 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
6 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:14
7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling
8 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team Sunweb
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
10 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
11 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
12 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
13 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
14 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
15 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling
16 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
17 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:43
18 Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:00:58
19 Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team
20 Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling
21 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
22 Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
23 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Bingoal WB
24 Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
25 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
26 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
27 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren
28 Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
29 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team
30 Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team
31 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team
32 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:01:18
33 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
34 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
35 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
36 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
37 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation
38 Enrico Gasparotto (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling
39 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Alpecin-Fenix
40 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
41 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
42 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates
43 Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb
44 Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:31
45 Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
46 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:01:34
47 Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team 0:01:55
48 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
49 Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Team
50 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:04:11
51 Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team Sunweb
52 Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:05:59
53 Ben Tulett (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
54 Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
55 Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie
56 Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
57 James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
58 Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
59 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team
60 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Bingoal WB
61 Simone Petilli (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
62 Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
63 Alexander Kamp (Den) Trek-Segafredo
64 William Barta (USA) CCC Team
65 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Circus-Wanty Gobert
66 Laurens Huys (Bel) Bingoal WB
67 Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
68 Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team
69 Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
70 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
71 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
72 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
73 Arjen Livyns (Bel) Bingoal WB
74 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
75 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic
76 Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott 0:06:03
77 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
78 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
79 Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
80 Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb
81 Winner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
82 Ivan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
83 Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
84 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma
85 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:06:38
86 Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis 0:08:08
87 Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren 0:08:35
88 Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:08:43
89 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
90 Kevin Inkelaar (Ned) Bahrain McLaren 0:08:47
91 Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:09:09
92 Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 0:10:58
93 Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:12:04
94 Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quickstep
95 Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team
96 Juan Diego Alba Bolivar (Col) Movistar Team
97 Iñigo Elosegui Momeñe (Spa) Movistar Team
98 Barnabás Peák (Hun) Mitchelton-Scott 0:12:52
99 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:13:08
100 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
101 Kenny Molly (Bel) Bingoal WB
102 Marlon Gaillard (Fra) Total Direct Energie
103 Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
104 Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
105 Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
106 Michal Golas (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
107 Carlos Barbero (Spa) NTT Pro Cycling
108 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
109 Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
110 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
111 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
112 Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis
113 Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
114 Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
115 Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal
116 Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team
117 Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
118 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
119 Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
120 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott
121 Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie
122 Patrick Schelling (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
123 Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
124 Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
125 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-Quickstep
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
DNF Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
DNF Davide Martinelli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
DNF Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Pro Cycling
DNF Alex Howes (USA) EF Pro Cycling
DNF Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro Cycling
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNF Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNF Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNF Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren
DNF Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren
DNF Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren
DNF Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
DNF Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
DNF Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
DNF Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Thomas Degand (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNF Fabien Doubey (Fra) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNF Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNF Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R la Mondiale
DNF Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
DNF Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis
DNF Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Chris Froome (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
DNF Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
DNF Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
DNF Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
DNF Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Bingoal WB
DNF Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Bingoal WB
DNF Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
DNF Rory Sutherland (Aus) Israel Start-Up Nation
DNF Benjamin King (USA) NTT Pro Cycling
DNF Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
DNF Roman Kreuziger (Cze) NTT Pro Cycling
DNF Gino Mäder (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling
DNF Lindsay De Vylder (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNF Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNF Robbe Ghys (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNF Julian Mertens (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise