Liège: A Farewell to Ans

La Doyenne makes its final appearance in the ‘burbs When was the last time you truly loved an edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège? On some level it will always be a beautiful race, winding around the Ardennes, past the farms, on skinny Belgian roads, some of which go uphill for quite a while. The concept of an out-and-back, two vastly different legs connecting the same poles, is brilliance. The history of the race can’t be forgotten. We love it, it’s a monument. But when have we loved the race on race day itself? That’s a subjective matter — I was fond of the Poels and Gilbert wins of the last decade, and the Hamilton victory in 2003 and Di Luca win in 2007, until I finally accepted the underlying reality. That’s about it. I can describe and rank the enjoyability of the last 13 or 14 Tours of Flanders without looking up ...

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