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Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020: all you need to know

Liège-Bastogne-Liège is the oldest of the five Monuments, and one of three spring Classics taking place in the Ardennes region. In 2020, the race is set to take place on Sunday October 4.

As the name may suggest, the race takes riders from Liège to Bastogne, and back. It’s a UCI WorldTour event, and in 2017 a women’s version was added – this is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and takes place on the same day.

>>> The climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège

The route for the 2020 edition is very similar to the 2019 race, with a finish in the centre of Liège that is expected to favour a rider more suited to faster, flat finishes or someone who can ride away solo on the final categorised climb at around 15km from the line.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège route

The route for Liège-Bastogne-Liège always promises to throw up a war of attrition, with steep climbs providing opportunities for attacks and the unavoidable counters.

In 2020, we have a very similar route to last year, with tough climbs but a flat finish in the centre of Liège. There will be plenty of metres of elevation along the way to whittle down the finishers, but the final stretch is flat, which opens it up for a reduced sprint.

As per previous editions, the greatest challenges featured in the second half of the 258km route, with nine ramps within the final 100km – including the trio of the Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée, followed by the Côte de Mont-le-Soie.

In order to relocate the finish line to the city centre, the final uphill tests were revised – with riders charging towards the finish via the Côte de la Redoute, Côte des Forges and the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

The women’s 136.5km parcours shared same finish, with riders facing a total of five climbs – first the Côte de Wanne, Côte de la Haute-Levée and Côte de la Vecquée, before a decisive finish over the Côte de La Redoute and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

The inaugural Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes victory went to Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) – she managed to claim all three Ardennes Classics wins in an incredible display of spring form. The Dutch rider retained her title into 2018, though the following year passed the mantle to Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton Scott), who won solo in her trademark breakaway style.

Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2020 start list

Astana Pro Team

Ag2r La Mondiale

DOMONT Axel
GODON Dorian
VUILLERMOZ Alexis
COSNEFROY Benoît
CHEREL Mikaël
CHAMPOUSSIN Clément

Arkéa-Samsic

Astana Pro Team

Bahrain – McLaren

POELS Wout
TEUNS Dylan
CARUSO Damiano
LANDA Mikel

Bora-Hansgrohe

SCHACHMANN Maximilian

CCC Team

VAN AVERMAET Greg

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

HERRADA Jesús
MARTIN Guillaume
LAFAY Victor
BARCELÓ Fernando
PÉRICHON Pierre-Luc
HERRADA José
MATÉ Luis Ángel

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

ALAPHILIPPE Julian
JUNGELS Bob
VANSEVENANT Mauri
DECLERCQ Tim
BAGIOLI Andrea
CAVAGNA Rémi
DEVENYNS Dries

Groupama – FDJ

MOLARD Rudy
MADOUAS Valentin

EF Pro Cycling

URÁN Rigoberto
WOODS Michael

Israel Start-Up Nation

HERMANS Ben
MARTIN Dan
SUTHERLAND Rory
GOLDSTEIN Omer
NEILANDS Krists
PICCOLI James
HOLLENSTEIN Reto

Lotto-Soudal

WELLENS Tim

Mitchelton-Scott

YATES Adam
ALBASINI Michael

Movistar Team

JORGENSON Matteo
VERONA Carlos
ERVITI Imanol
PRADES Eduard
ALBA Juan Diego
ARCAS Jorge
ELOSEGUI Iñigo

NTT Pro Cycling

BARBERO Carlos
KREUZIGER Roman
GASPAROTTO Enrico

Ineos Grenadiers

KWIATKOWSKI Michał

Jumbo-Visma

VINGEGAARD Jonas
ROGLIČ Primož
HOFSTEDE Lennard
LEEZER Tom
MARTENS Paul
DUMOULIN Tom
DE PLUS Laurens

Team Sunweb

BENOOT Tiesj
VAN WILDER Ilan
ARENSMAN Thymen
HIRSCHI Marc
DONOVAN Mark
POWER Robert
STORER Michael

Trek – Segafredo

PORTE Richie
SKUJIŅŠ Toms

UAE Team Emirates

COSTA Rui
POGAČAR Tadej
ARDILA Andrés Camilo
HENAO Sergio
MUÑOZ Cristian Camilo
POLANC Jan
RAVASI Edward

Alpecin-Fenix

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

SPRENGERS Thomas
DE VYLDER Lindsay
DELTOMBE Kevin
GHYS Robbe
MERTENS Julian
PLANCKAERT Emiel
VAN POUCKE Aaron

Total Direct Energie

BURGAUDEAU Mathieu
FERRON Valentin
GAILLARD Marlon
GRELLIER Fabien
HIVERT Jonathan
OURSELIN Paul
SIMON Julien

Circus – Wanty Gobert

BAKELANTS Jan
LAMMERTINK Maurits

Bingoal – Wallonie Bruxelles

Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2020 start list

Alé BTC Ljubljana

BASTIANELLI Marta
BUJAK Eugenia
CHURSINA Anastasiia
GARCÍA Mavi
GUDERZO Tatiana
PINTAR Urša

Aromitalia Vaiano

Astana Womens Team

Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team

VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
BUURMAN Eva
CANUEL Karol-Ann
PIETERS Amy
VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal
MAJERUS Christine

Canyon-SRAM

NIEWIADOMA Kasia
BARNES Hannah

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

Charente-Maritime Women Cycling

Chevalmeire Cycling Team

Ciclotel

Cogeas – Mettler Pro Cycling Team

Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport

Équipe Paule Ka

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

Hitec Products

Lotto-Soudal Ladies

Mitchelton-Scott

ALLEN Jessica
BROWN Grace
ENSING Janneke
KENNEDY Lucy
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
WILLIAMS Georgia

Movistar Team

Parkhotel Valkenburg

Team Arkéa

Team Sunweb

HENDERSON Anna
KIRCHMANN Leah
LABOUS Juliette
LIPPERT Liane
MACKAIJ Floortje
OLAUSSON Wilma

Team TIBCO – SVB

Trek-Segafredo

DEIGNAN Lizzie
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa

Valcar – Travel & Service

Liège–Bastogne–Liège on TV

You’ll be able to watch uninterrupted coverage of the 2020 races on the Eurosport Player in the UK, with the women’s race kicking off at 10.25. Coverage of the men’s race starts at 12.30 with highlights being shown on Eurosport 2 at 18.00.

Liège–Bastogne–Liège previous winners

The 2019 win went to Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang. The Dane broke away with 15km to go, and managed to hold off the chase – quite a feat considering he crashed with 5km to the line.

2001 Oscar Camenzind (SUI) Lampre–Daikin
2002 Paolo Bettini (ITA) Mapei–Quick-Step
2003 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC
2004 Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2005 Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) T-Mobile Team
2006 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne–Illes Balears
2007 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas
2008 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne
2009 Andy Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank
2010 Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Astana
2011 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012 Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana
2013 Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Sharp
2014 Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE
2015 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2016 Wout Poels (NED) Team Sky
2017 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team

2018 Bob Jungels (LUX) Quick-Step Floors

2019 Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana

Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes winners

2017 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans
2018 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans
2019 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott

We’ll keep updating this page as more information becomes available. 

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