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93rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Photo Gallery
 
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Date: 4/28/2007
93rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Photo Gallery
 

93rd Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the day before the race as Bart Hazen visits the teams as they prepare for the race. Race program, Race Editorial, updates

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#75 Chris Horner eighth place in 2006 edition of LBL. photo c. Bart Hazen

Race Editorial by Christian Prudhomme
In reality, there are no Liège-Bastogne-Liège specialists; only solid athletes, masters in the art of cycling.

It's the hardest round race in the world of cycling. For many, the week has already been a grueling one in terms of racing. With Liège-Bastogne-Liège the Ardennes series of Classics culminates in a supreme blaze of glory. For starters, it is a long race: more than 260 km of course this year, i.e. close to seven hours of cycling. But it is above all the importance that top riders from around the world attach to winning the Oldest of the Classics that makes this spring day such a spectacular event.

The finish of the race is similar to that of the Flèche Wallonne, with the end result determined at the top of a defining climb; its characterising feature however remains the ultimate straight line which favours strong finishers or sprinters in the style of Jalabert, Vinokourov and Bettini. Unless of course you're a climber, a strong finisher and a sprinter, in the vein of Davide Rebellin and Alejandro Valverde who both clinched the unlikely Flèche Wallonne - Liège-Bastogne-Liège double, two years apart: proof that the major key to success in this race is physical form and sparkle in the last ten kilometres.


Paolo Bettini responds to a reporters question... photo c. Bart Hazen

Potential winners are generally many in number which makes a victory in Liège all the more admirable. In reality, there are no Liège-Bastogne-Liège specialists; only solid athletes, masters in the art of cycling. The succession of difficulties in the last fifty kilometres makes the challenge even tougher, but the sequence of steep climbs to be conquered leaves the stakes open right up to the final stretch of the race. It's a confirmed success.
Christian Prudhomme
Race Site
Amaury Sports Organisation


Samuel Sanchez one of the favorites of the Spanish Armada. photo c. Bart Hazen


Josep Jufre photo c. Bart Hazen

CSC's Fränk Schleck injured – but will be riding Sunday
Fränk Schleck has had a CT-scan and it showed that the Team CSC-rider has a fracture to his vertebra. He will be riding Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but might have to skip Tour de Romandie.

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CSC's Cervelo's - Saunier Duval mechanics prepare the "red bird's" bikes
photo c. Bart Hazen


Alejandro Valverde 2006 winner. photo c. Bart Hazen


Bingen Fernandez of Cofidis photo c. Bart Hazen


Gilberto Simoni photo c. Bart Hazen


Stefan Schumacher photo c. Bart Hazen


Damiano Cunego fresh of a win in the Giro del Trentino photo c. Bart Hazen


Lampre Strongman Sylvester Smyd photo c. Bart Hazen


Need a bus for your team? Contact Lampre for this first class rig.
photo c. Bart Hazen

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