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    Liege-Bastogne-Liege is Sunday! La Doyenne. Here is a chart of the climbs for the top of your stem.

    Km 70.0 – Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne – 2.8km at 6.2%
    Km 116.5 – Côte de Saint-Roch – 1.0km at 11%
    Km 160.0 – Côte de Wanne – 2.7km at 7.3%
    Km 166.5 – Côte de Stockeu (Stèle Eddy Merckx) – 1.0km at 12.2%
    Km 172.5 – Côte de la Haute-Levée – 3.6km at 5.7%
    Km 185.0 – Col du Rosier – 4.4km at 5.9%
    Km 197.5 – Côte du Maquisard – 2.5km at 5%
    Km 208.0 – Mont-Theux – 2.7km at 5.9%
    Km 223.0 – Côte de La Redoute – 2.0km at 8.8%
    Km 244.5 – Côte de Colonster – 2.4km at 6%
    Km 256.0 – Côte de Saint-Nicolas – 1.2km at 8.6%

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    That's a truly awesome course! Should be fun. I rode LBL and it's a great memory (my avatar is a pic from that day on the RS). Need to go back there too.

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    I screwed up. Old info. Retape!

    Km 70.0 – Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne – 2.8 km, 6.2%
    Km 123.0 – Côte de Saint-Roch – 1 km, 11.1%
    Km 167.0 – Côte de Wanne – 2.8 km, 7.2%
    Km 173.5 – Côte de Stockeu – 1 km, 12.4%
    Km 179.0 – Côte de la Haute-Levée – 3.6 km, 5.6%
    Km 201.0 – Côte de la Vecquée – 3.1 km, 6.4%
    Km 218.5 – Côte de La Redoute – 2 km, 8.9%
    Km 231.5 – Côte des Forges – 1.9 km, 5.9%
    Km 243.5 – Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons – 1.5 km, 9.3%
    Km 257.5 – Côte de Saint-Nicolas – 1.2 km, 8.6%

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    Liege is either second or first on the list of Ardennes classics I'd go win if I was the second coming of Bernard Hinault. That's due to the course and the original Hinault.

    Velominati › Guest Article: Bernard Hinault’s 1980 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
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    I heard the damage to his fingers wasn't permanent. The feeling returned a moment after this photo, taken in 1984.


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    Will the panda improve upon its third place this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72gmc View Post
    Liege is either second or first on the list of Ardennes classics I'd go win if I was the second coming of Bernard Hinault. That's due to the course and the original Hinault.

    Velominati › Guest Article: Bernard Hinault’s 1980 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
    Epic race. Around the middle Hinault wanted to quit as he was so cold. Cyrille Guimard told him, "if you are cold just fucking attack". Which he did.

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    Dan Martin. Sorry man. Tough way to end a race. Chapeau nonetheless.

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    Looked at it a couple times now, backwards and forwards, and when Martin's rear wheel lifts slightly off the pavement his inside pedal is down at full lean. So looks on video like he was a touch over-eager in the corner and tripped himself up catching a pedal.


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    meh. A couple of post race articles tried to explain why LBL was a bit of a snoozer this year.
    too hard? not hard enough? tail wind? head wind? too much talent? too many strong riders?

    Overall, Phil's Amstel finish was impressive, but on the whole, the Ardennes this year were no where
    near as exciting as last year, or 2012 for that matter. We got spoiled by some great racing I guess.

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    Agreed, it was boring, I was expecting much more. Locked up races are boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    Agreed, it was boring, I was expecting much more. Locked up races are boring.
    Did anyone notice one of the break's bikes was creaking something fierce? Whenever I started dozing off, SKRIKSKRAKSKRIKSKRAKSKRIKSKRAK!
    Zuzu’s pedals

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    The weather was too nice during this year's spring races. Or the old lions aren't quite old enough to be disrespected in exciting ways ...
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    All of the Ardennes ended with a bunch of guys at the bottom of a hill. I don't pretend to know how to make a race more interesting, but part of me says this is what the new real is.

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    Different temperaments on the cobbles ?

    We had heated arguments at the office on Monday. It ended with a mate yelling "THE ARDENNES ARE FOR PANSIES!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Looked at it a couple times now, backwards and forwards, and when Martin's rear wheel lifts slightly off the pavement his inside pedal is down at full lean. So looks on video like he was a touch over-eager in the corner and tripped himself up catching a pedal.
    He wrote on twitter he didn't clip the pedal nor flatted.

    He blame oil. I blame the stupid bike fit. With that looooong stem and high saddle to bar drop he just put way too much weight on the front tire and the rear wheel just slid over a small bump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    All of the Ardennes ended with a bunch of guys at the bottom of a hill. I don't pretend to know how to make a race more interesting, but part of me says this is what the new real is.
    It might not be the pc thing to say but I kinda preferred the old real - I want to be entertained.
    Remember VdB or Bartoli giving Jalabert and Zulle a good kicking - la Redoute is a total non event these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    He wrote on twitter he didn't clip the pedal nor flatted.

    He blame oil. I blame the stupid bike fit. With that looooong stem and high saddle to bar drop he just put way too much weight on the front tire and the rear wheel just slid over a small bump.
    Yeah, I know what he said. I think he has edited the past to make himself feel just a tiny bit better, which is okay and totally natural. Got to get the head on straight and get back in it by whatever means necessary. But that pedal is on the ground.

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