2022 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Preview: The peloton will battle over the last ‘Monument’ of the spring season on Sunday on the hilly roads between Liège and Bastogne. Ed Hood takes us through the ‘Flemish Ardennes’ for the history, parcours and contenders for ‘La Doyenne’ . ‘La Doyenne?’
Why do they call the race, ‘La Doyenne?’
‘La Doyenne’ is French meaning, ‘the longest serving, most experienced lady,’ the race is the oldest of all the Monuments with the first edition won by Leon Houa in 1892 as an amateur event with Houa also winning the first professional event in 1894. This will be the 108th running of the race – bear that in mind when suggesting that the Strade Bianche should be branded a ‘Monument,’ after just 16 editions. The climb of the San Roche – More fans this year How come the race and the Flèche Wallonne are called, ‘Ardennes Classics’ – I thought that the Ardennes were around Oudenaarde in Flanders?
It’s a little confusing, yes but the ridge at Oudenaarde is the ‘Flemish Ardennes,’ the Flèche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège races take place further to the south in the French speaking Wallonia region. Probably no snow this Sunday – Liege 1980 I’ll borrow from Wiki to elaborate:
The Ardennes is a region in southeast Belgium that extends into Luxembourg, Germany and France, the rugged terrain encompasses rolling valleys, meandering rivers, extensive caves and dense forests crisscrossed with hiking paths.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022 – Discover the route