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LIEGE - The main contenders

 
By Podofdonny
Date: 4/20/2002

LIEGE - The main contenders

 

Liege-Bastogne-Liege Team Preview

A Deep Field Promises an Exciting, Wide-Open race!

Liège-Bastogne-Liège, is the oldest Classic on the calendar. It's considered a climber's race, running through the scenic, hilly region of the Ardennes, and features a number of steep climbs, and not much flat road. The race favors a strong all-around rider, and past winners have often been strong Grand Tour contenders.

The main absentees are: Erik Dekker (Ned), Jan Ullrich (Ger), Laurent Jalabert(Fra),Gilberto Simoni (Ita) and last years winner Oscar Camenzind (Swi)

In the 87 editions raced so far 61 wins have gone to Belgium, 9 to Italy, 6 for Switzerland and 5 to France

The field is deep this year, with 25 teams taking part.

DOMO - FARM FRITES :

Johan Museeuw is always dangerous, though he may not be the man for Liege. He is none the worse for wear at 36, as his dramatic win in Roubaix last week and second in Flanders indicate. Axel Merckx looked strong last week placing sixth and playing a prominent part in forming the decisive breakaway. Fred Rodriguez has had good form all year, and should hang in well. If he does, he’s a good bet in a sprint.

001 - MUSEEUW Johan BEL

002 - BRUYLANDTS Dave BEL

003 - DE WOLF Steve BEL

004 - KASHECHKIN Andrey KAZ

005 - KONECNY Tomas CZE

006 - MERCKX Axel BEL

007 - RODRIGUEZ Fred USA

008 - TANKINK Bram HOL

LOTTO - ADECCO :

Mario Aerts is coming off a big win in Fleche-Wallonne, but reports are that before that race, teammate Rik Verbrugghe told Aerts he would win in Wallonne while Verbrugghe himself claimed that his victory would come in Liege. We’ll see if his prediction come true on Sunday. Peter Van Petegem has shown good form this season, taking third in Flanders and winning the overall in de Panne. Serge Baguet will be one to watch, as well.

011 - AERTS Mario BEL

012 - BAGUET Serge BEL

013 - BRANDT Christophe BEL

014 - DETILLOUX Christophe BEL

015 - MIKHAILOV Guennadi RUS

016 - VAN LANCKER Kurt BEL

017 - VAN PETEGEM Peter BEL

018 - VERBRUGGHE Rik BEL

MAPEI - QUICK STEP :

Oscar Freire is always a power, but Liege in not generally a sprinter’s race. Daniele Nardello was a protagonist in the winning break at Flanders and should show strength, but an in form Paolo Bettini 2000 L-B-L winner is probably Mapei’s best bet here. Andrea Noe, who rode to fifth in Fleche-Wallonne, will no doubt provide ample support. Cadel Evans is one to watch as well, and with his mountain biking background, should be comfortable on the climbs.

021 - FREIRE Oscar SPA

022 - BETTINI Paolo ITA

023 - FORNCIARI Paolo ITA

024 - EVANS Cadel AUS

025 - GARZELLI Stefano ITA

026 - NARDELLO Daniele ITA

027 - NOE Andrea ITA

028 - PAOLINI Luca ITA

RABOBANK :

Michaël Boogerd was strong at La Fleche, and finished Liege second to Vandenbroucke in 1999. He rides with a strong team including Levi Leipheimer, who should be at home on this terrain and motivated to test his legs against his old teammates on USPS. The Zberg brothers are always dangerous, too, and were near the front in Wallonne.

061 - BOOGERD Michaël HOL

062 - BOVEN Jan HOL

063 - DE GROOT Bram HOL

064 - LEIPHEIMER Levy USA

065 - LOTZ Marc HOL

066 - VERHEYEN Geert BEL

067 - ZBERG Beat SWI

068 - ZBERG Markus SWI

US POSTAL SERVICE :

Lance Armstrong is riding into good form in the early season this year, and if he is out for the win here in Liege, he will be a force to be reckoned with; though he may be looking towards Amstel. George Hincapie is riding Liege for the first time, but should show strength if he has recovered sufficiently from Roubaix; and maybe he has an axe to grind after so many near misses this season. Christian Vandevelde finished in the top 20 in La Fleche and should be ready with some strong back-up, along with teammates. Chechu Rubiera has had a victory this season, and he is always strong support.

101 - ARMSTRONG Lance USA

102 - CLINGER David USA

103 - HINCAPIE George USA

104 - KJAERGAARD Steffen NOR

105 - LANDIS Floyd USA

106 - PADRNOS Pavel CZE

107 - RUBIERA José Luis SPA

108 - VANDEVELDE Christian USA

EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI :

Both of the Etxebarrias finished in the top ten at La Fleche; Unai in second place. David was third in L-B-L last year, and second the year before, he wants to win this one, and has the form and the team to have a serious go at it.

111 - ETXEBARRIA David SPA

112 - ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN

113 - FLORES Igor SPA

114 - ISASI Iñaki SPA

115 - MARTINEZ Egoi SPA

116 - MARTINEZ Alberto SPA

117 - SANCHEZ Samuel SPA

118 - SOLAUN César SPA

FASSA BORTOLO :

Michele Bartoli knows this race well, and has won it twice. He took third in La Fleche, and while some say he is not quite back to his top form after coming back from injury, he appears to be pretty darned close. He’s got some good support on his team, with Belli and Basso, and Casagrande is a podium threat as well.

121 - BARTOLI Michele ITA

122 - BASSO Ivan ITA

123 - BELLI Wladimir ITA

124 - CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA

125 - GUSTOV Volodomir UKR

126 - IVANOV Serguei RUS

127 - STANGELJ Gorazd SLO

128 - VELO Marco ITA

GEROLSTEINER :

Gerolsteiner features Davide Rebellin and his merry men. He finished eleventh at La Fleche, only a few seconds behind the winner. He was second in last year’s Liege, and stands a good chance of making the podium this year.

181 - REBELLIN Davide ITA

182 - CONTRINI Daniele ITA

183 - FARESIN Gianni ITA

184 - HASELBACHER Rene AUT

185 - RASTELLI Ellis ITA

186 - SCHMIDT Torsten GER

187 - STRAUSS Marcel SWI

188 - WROLICH Peter AUT

 
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