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Liège-Bastogne-Liège men: Five contenders, five outsiders

Classics season draws to a close on Sunday with the finale of the Ardennes triple at Liège-Bastogne-Liège . The six-and-a-half-hour slog through the hills of…

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Classics season draws to a close on Sunday with the finale of the Ardennes triple at Liège-Bastogne-Liège .

The six-and-a-half-hour slog through the hills of Wallonia brings together Classics contenders and GC riders for the 257km battle over terrain that is rarely flat, save for the finish in Liège city centre.

Famous hills such as the Côte de Wanne, Côte de Stockeu, Côte de La Redoute, and the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons are packed into the second half of the brutal course, with 175 men heading out on Sunday morning to fight for victory at the fourth Monument of the season, the oldest of the lot.

Six past winners will be among those hoping for glory in Liège on Sunday afternoon, while plenty more will be aiming to add their name to an honour roll that stretches all the way back to 1892. Here are our five favourites and five outsiders for the 2022 at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. World champion Alaphilippe is seeking his first Liège victory (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images) The world champion is a consistent contender at Liège, to the extent where it’s something of a surprise that hasn’t yet won the race. He’s come close, though, finishing second and fourth at the old finish in Ans, taking second to Pogačar last year, and also being demoted from a second place he thought was a first in 2020.

Alaphilippe is out to save QuickStep’s Classics season this Sunday, saying on Friday that he feels no pressure ahead of the task. It’s the […]

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