Liège–Bastogne–Liège is known as La Doyenne, or ‘the oldest’, having been first run in 1892. Not only is it the oldest, but it’s also arguably the toughest of the three Ardennes Classics, with a series of punishing climbs on the ride back towards Liège leaving only the strongest riders at the finish. Add in the prospect of wet weather, and you’ve got quite a race on your hands!
Welcome to our preview of what’s happening in the world of road cycling in April. With the first of this year’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, just around the corner, this is a busy month for the professional peloton, featuring no fewer than seven WorldTour events – five one-day Classics (including three of the five ‘monuments’) and two six-day stage races – comprising exactly a quarter of the 28 WorldTour races for 2012. Continue reading