4.21.2013

Liège: Dan Martin!

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Great day today in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Thrilling open race, attacks by attacks and a winner winning at the true last meters of the race. It has been a long way to Ans for the peloton. Look here all the hills it had to climb:
Km 70 : Côte de la Roche-en-Ardenne (2,8 km, 6,2%)
Km 116.5 : Côte de Saint-Roch (1 km, 11 %)
Km 160 : Côte de Wanne (2 km, 7,3 %)
Km 166.5 : Côte de Stockeu (1 km, 12,2 %)
Km 172.5 : Côte de la Haute-Levée (3,6 km, 5,7 %)
Km 185 : Côte du Rosier (4,4 km, 5,9 %)
Km 197.5 : Côte du Maquisard (2,5 km, 5 %)
Km 208 : Mont-Theux (2,7km, 5,9 %)
Km 223 : Côte de la Redoute (2 km, 8.8 %)
Km 244.5 : Côte de Colonster (2,4 km, 6 %)
Km 256 : Côte de Saint-Nicolas (1,2km, 8,6 %)

The weather was cloudy and windy but not rainy. The crowd on the road was huge. At the start Andy Schleck had said: "C’est ma course préférée de l’année. Même à l’entraînement pour les reconnaissances, j’y prends du plaisir. Je sais que je ne suis pas à mon meilleur niveau, mais je vais tout de même me faire plaisir. Le parcours a légèrement changé, nous verrons peut-être une course différente, mais j’espère que la côte de la Roche aux Faucons reviendra l’année prochaine" ["It's my favourite race in the year. I enjoy also the recon training. I know I am not at my best but I'm going to enjoy it anyway. The route changed a little, we will see if that will make a different race but I hope  côte de la Roche aux Faucons will be back next year."]
After 14 km, the first  break went away: De Clercq (Bel-LTB), Jérôme (Fra-EUC), Fumeaux (Sui-IAM), Lang (Sui-IAM), Veucheulen (Bel-VCD) Armee (Bel-TSV) got quickly 50’’ on the peloton. Their maximum advantage was 10', then the peloton speeds up pulled by Katusha, Astana and Sky. Later also Movistar started colaborating in the chase and the gap decreased.
88 km to go Blanco's rider Slagter set the first attack and the peloton splitted. They got all together soon. Team Saxo-Tinkoff was pulling now, RSLT Monfort was at the front and looked brilliant, not so Ben King instead: always at the back, almost dropped, definitely it wasn't his day.
73km to go the break's gap was down to 3' 18". Excaped Armee got dropped to pee and forever. Poor De Clercq got serious troubles with a back wheel: changed it twice (Mavic and team car) but it didn't work yet so had to change bike and got dropped again. But he didn't give up: chased and managed to come back to the break. Respect! moreover because the break was over soon: 51 km to go the gap was dramticly dropping: 1'27''. In the peloton they were taking things seriously now. All RSLT - Ben King excluded, Andy Schleck included - was in front. A very good day for my rider, a very good race and a good sign.
On La Redoute Sky attacked by Losada.  Costa (MOV) and Fuglsang (AST) followed. Frank (BMC), Losada (KAT), Cunego (LAM) and Bardet (ALM) bridged soon. RSLT Monfort was in the chasing group
Things got absolutely messy. A front group of 8 riders gained a few meters, they were: Bardet, Cunego, Fédrigo, Frank, Fuglsang, Lopez Garcia, Losada and Rui Costa. 35 km to go they had 12". Caught, they attacked again, without Frank and with Ten Dam. The new break-away spitted immediately: Cunego, Losada and Bardet dropped the company. The race was very fast, nervous and risky.
20 km to go Andy Schleck was at the back of the peloton but not the last one, still pedaling well and talking by radio with the team car. Monfort's chances were over so he got finally dropped 10 km to go. He finished 41 at 1'20''.
Embedded image permalinkIn front the race was exploding: many riders attacked on the new climb, the Colonster, but Hesjedal was the one who managed to go away solo. It was 15 km to go, he had gained 20'': to win was hard but possible. In the chassing group there were: Uran, Contador, Anton, Caruso and Rui Costa. Hesjedal got caught on the Cote St Nicholas. Betancur attacked, a small group was chasing: Martin, Hesjedal, Rodriguez, Scarponi and Valverde.
At the last km Rodriguez dashed away, like a arrow. But Dan Martin immediately followed, joined, passed, sprinted: won. Amazing! a well deserved victory, a splendid achievement after so many efforts by a rider who worked hard. Congrats!! 

UPDATE:
First interview with Dan Martin: http://www.letour.fr/2013/LBL/LIVE/us/100/journal_etape.html
Embedded image permalink "Can you talk to us about the tactic set up by the team?
The idea was to get someone in front and that’s what Ryder did and I just stayed behind with the others. I couldn’t believe how easy it was in Saint-Nicolas. I was totally in control and followed any attack that went. With Ryder in front I was in the perfect position. We eventually caught him at the top of the climb and he rode flat out for me. It was a fantastic team effort from all the team. Every single of our riders rode their hearts out today. Me and Ryder were already in the Top 10 last year so it really is a good race for us.

Winning after Sean Kelly must mean a lot?
Actually somebody texted me last night that the first year that Sean Kelly won Catalunya, he won Liège weeks later. That was back in 1984. That was a bit of an omen and I’ve been thinking about it all week. After finishing fourth of the Fleche Wallonne, I thought that maybe I could win. All these little things were adding up. I was in a complete state of zen all day. Just so calm.

What has changed in the last few years that has made you a winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège?
I think it’s just maturing physically and the confidence as well. I’ve definitely made a big step this winter. Maybe the Tour last year brought me a lot. I found a massive difference in my body this past year. I’ve grown up basically. I think that it’s also an age thing. And for these races, the more mature guys do well. There’s also the confidence of my team as well. That belief has given me that extra edge.

How did you react when you crossed the finish line?
I was shocked. Complete shock. I couldn’t believe it. I race on instinct. I don’t think about what’s happening during the race. I just try and win. Actually finding myself in front of the finish line of Liège-Bastogne-Liège with my arms in the air, it’s incredible…"


UPDATE
Andy said: “This race suits me very well but the whole day was full of stress.  I never saw such a big group at the bottom of Redoute.  There was a crash there.  I wasn’t in it but had to brake and then start from zero.  There was panic with the crash and Max ended up with a broken derailleur.  The team gave their all today and I’m happy about how I felt, too.  I’m now feeling progress in my condition and it’s a good sign.  I’ve worked very hard these past few months and now I am feeling the results.  It’s good for my mind, too.  Next for me is California.”

RESULTS
Source  http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1169111-Li%C3%A8ge---Bastogne---Li%C3%A8ge-2013-Overview
1 MARTIN Daniel Garmin - Sharp100275 6:38:07
2 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team80200 0:03
3 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team70150 0:09
4 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto AG2R La Mondiale60120 ,,
5 SCARPONI Michele Lampre - Merida50100 ,,
6 GASPAROTTO Enrico Astana Pro Team4090 0:18
7 GILBERT Philippe BMC Racing Team3080 ,,
8 HESJEDAL Ryder Garmin - Sharp2070 ,,
9 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto Movistar Team1060 ,,
10 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE450 ,,
11 VAUGRENARD Benoit Equipe Cycliste FDJ
46 ,,
12 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel - Euskadi
42 ,,
13 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale
38 ,,
14 NOCENTINI Rinaldo AG2R La Mondiale
34 ,,
15 NORDHAUG Lars Petter Blanco Pro Cycling Team
30 ,,
16 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis Sky Procycling
28 ,,
17 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff
26 0:21
18 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Belisol Team
24 0:26
19 GESCHKE Simon Team Argos - Shimano
22 0:56
20 ULISSI Diego Lampre - Merida
20 ,,
21 IGLINSKIY Maxim Astana Pro Team
19 ,,
22 DENIFL Stefan IAM Cycling
18 1:00
23 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team
17 ,,
24 ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar
16 ,,
25 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
15 1:03
26 TROFIMOV Yuri Katusha Team
14 ,,
27 PINEAU Jérome Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
13 1:06
28 LEUKEMANS Bjorn Vacansoleil - DCM
12 ,,
29 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack - Leopard
11 ,,
30 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre - Merida
10 ,,
31 GADRET John AG2R La Mondiale
9 ,,
32 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team
8 ,,
33 WEENING Pieter Orica GreenEDGE
7 ,,
34 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Blanco Pro Cycling Team
6 ,,
35 FEDRIGO Pierrick Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 ,,
36 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling
5 1:14
37 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
38 RATTO Daniele Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
39 SORENSEN Chris Anker Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
40 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 1:18
41 SCHLECK Andy RadioShack - Leopard
5 1:20
42 STETINA Peter Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
43 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack - Leopard
5 1:24
44 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
45 JEANNESSON Arnold Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 1:25
46 ARASHIRO Yukiya Team Europcar
5 1:30
47 WEGMANN Fabian Garmin - Sharp
5 1:34
48 VALLS FERRI Rafael Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
49 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
50 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team
5 ,,
51 ALBASINI Michael Orica GreenEDGE
5 1:40
52 MORENO FERNANDéZ Daniel Katusha Team
5 1:49
53 URAN Rigoberto Sky Procycling
5 ,,
54 VISCONTI Giovanni Movistar Team
5 2:12
55 MARTENS Paul Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 2:15
56 SERRY Pieter Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
57 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
58 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
59 CARUSO Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 2:21
60 CHEREL Mikael AG2R La Mondiale
5 2:28
61 ROCHE Nicolas Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 4:40
62 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team
5 ,,
63 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
64 WYSS Marcel IAM Cycling
5 ,,
65 VANTOMME Maxime Crelan-Euphony
5 4:51
66 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling
5 4:53
67 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team
5 ,,
68 MORI Manuele Lampre - Merida
5 5:16
69 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
70 BURGHARDT Marcus BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
71 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
72 ASTARLOZA Mikel Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
73 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
74 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar
5 ,,
75 KOLOBNEV Alexandr Katusha Team
5 ,,
76 MOINARD Amaël BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
77 MOLLEMA Bauke Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
78 TANKINK Bram Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
79 VICIOSO ARCOS Ángel Katusha Team
5 5:26
80 CARUSO Giampaolo Katusha Team
5 ,,
81 MONFORT Maxime RadioShack - Leopard
5 5:33
82 HERMANS Ben RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
83 KREDER Michel Garmin - Sharp
5 7:51
84 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team
5 7:57
85 KADRI Blel AG2R La Mondiale
5 8:09
86 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team
5 8:20
87 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
88 HAAS Nathan Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
89 SULZBERGER Wesley Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
90 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
91 VERONA QUINTANILLA Carlos Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
92 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
93 DELFOSSE Sebastien Crelan-Euphony
5 ,,
94 BRANDLE Matthias IAM Cycling
5 8:29
95 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
96 REZA Kevin Team Europcar
5 ,,
97 DE GREEF Francis Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
98 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin Sky Procycling
5 ,,
99 VERMOTE Julien Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
100 HOLLENSTEIN Reto IAM Cycling
5 ,,
101 VORGANOV Eduard Katusha Team
5 ,,
102 CHRISTENSEN Mads Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
103 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
104 CUSIN Remi IAM Cycling
5 ,,
105 MEIER Christian Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
106 CASAR Sandy Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 ,,
107 DEKKER Thomas Garmin - Sharp
5 ,,
108 CHARTEAU Anthony Team Europcar
5 ,,
109 KROON Karsten Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
110 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
111 ZAUGG Oliver Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 ,,
112 MEYER Travis Orica GreenEDGE
5 ,,
113 SOUPE Geoffrey Equipe Cycliste FDJ
5 ,,
114 MARCATO Marco Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
115 SICARD Romain Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 ,,
116 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
117 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
118 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
119 VOGONDY Nicolas Accent.jobs – Wanty
5 ,,
120 MONTAGUTI Matteo AG2R La Mondiale
5 ,,
121 DUMOULIN Tom Team Argos - Shimano
5 ,,
122 FRANK Mathias BMC Racing Team
5 ,,
123 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 9:20
124 MOSER Moreno Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 9:35
125 KREUZIGER Roman Team Saxo-Tinkoff
5 9:54
126 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team
5 11:38
127 JACOBS Pieter Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
5 ,,
128 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE
5 12:52
129 RUIJGH Rob Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
130 LANG Pirmin IAM Cycling
5 13:37
131 TANNER David Blanco Pro Cycling Team
5 14:39
132 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
133 VANDEWALLE Kristof Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
134 ZINGLE Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
135 VANDEWALLE Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
136 STORTONI Simone Lampre - Merida
5 ,,
137 SALERNO Cristiano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 16:08
138 KING Benjamin RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
139 BILLE Gaetan Lotto Belisol Team
5 ,,
140 VALENTIN Tristan Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
141 CAMMAERTS Edwig Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 ,,
142 KOCH Michel Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5 ,,
143 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack - Leopard
5 ,,
144 DE WEERT Kevin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
5 ,,
145 HUPOND Thierry Team Argos - Shimano
5 ,,
146 VEUCHELEN Frederik Vacansoleil - DCM
5 ,,
147 VAN HECKE Preben Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
5 ,,
148 DEVILLERS Gilles Crelan-Euphony
5 16:43


































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