23 April 2011

La Doyenne

Tomorrow morning "the oldest" race will take place in the Ardenne region of Belgium. 1892 was the first year of this race. That is an old bicycle race.  
Yes those are flags of Andy and Frank Schleck above, What are the other flags?
The red lion is the official ensign for ships registered in Luxembourg. It is used for river and sea shipping, as well as for aviation

Liege-Bastogne-Liege is considered one of the Ardennes Classics. The Ardenne is a hilly forested area with steep valleys extending across Belgium, Luxembourg, and into France. The Battle of the Bulge, (Ardennes Offensive) in WWII, was fought in the Ardennes. Also as the Battle of the Ardennes, one of the opening battles of World War I. Origin of the name: "Ar Denn", from Celtic : "the forest".
Ardenne Region
La Federation Belge, Flemish north and French south
Provinces of Wallonia (Wallonie)
Flag of Wallonne region, (bold rooster, coq hardi)
The race is nicknamed La Doyenne (the oldest), it should be nicknamed the small climbers race instead, because the one-day race is well suited for the best climbers in the world, and is usually won by one (Alexandre Vinokourov 2010, Andy Schleck 2009, Alejandro Valverde 2008, Danilo Di Luca 2007). 

Liege-Bastogne-Liege is actually not an out and back, it is more of a loop route. 255.5km long, the last 100km features 9 very steep climbs. The race is organized by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the people who bring you the Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris–Roubaix, La Flèche Wallonne, Paris–Tours one-day races, Tour of Qatar, and the L'Étape du Tour cyclosportive events.

2011 Liege-Bastogne-Liege route map click to enlarge
Who is riding Liege-Bastogne-Liege?: 2011 Rider Roster (Steephill.TV)
Today the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Cyclo took place for citizens who wanted to ride the course: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 23/04/2011, Liege, Belgium 245km 170km 130km

Tomorrow morning, please visit this link for a list of options for live internet viewing. Remember 2 browsers are better than one (open up Eurosport and Sporza both). Race start time is 12:00am (EST), first live video online will be 4:05am (EST), race finish estimate should be 8:38am (EST). And Happy Easter Sunday! 

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