What is this race, and why should I care about it?
Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the second one-day race in the Ardennes region within days, is the third monument of this season and the oldest of all – La Doyenne – having started in 1892.
While the race may lack some of the romance of the cobbled classics — particularly the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix — it is widely regarded as one of the most challenging one-day races in the WorldTour.
The course, put simply, is a brute. Although there are just 11 recognised climbs — Côte de la Roche en Ardenne, Côte de Saint-Roch, Côte de Mont le Soie, Côte de Wanne, Côte de Stockeu, Côte de la Haute-Levée, Col du Rosier, Côte de Desnié, Côte de La Redoute, Côte des Forges and Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons — the route offers riders few opportunities to recover between the short, but vicious, climbs that pepper the course.
Within the final 36 kilometers of the 259.1km route, three nasty little climbs — Côte de La Redoute, Côte des Forges and Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons — all with average gradients of around eight percent or more that will test the riders and end the hopes of those not strong enough to stay within distance of the key protagonists.
When is Liège-Bastogne-Liège?
The race gets underway at 10.15am (BST) on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
How long is this year’s race?
The 107th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège is 259.1 kilometers long, and here’s what the profile looks like.
How can I watch this year’s race?
Those lucky enough to have subscriptions can watch the action on Eurosport or GCN Race Pass. If you cannot watch the race on TV or your smartphone, then you can follow the step here, so bookmark this page and return on Sunday to follow it with us. Gratis.
What’s in it for the winner?
The winner will trouser a cheque to the value of €20,000 while the runner-up gets €10,000 and the rider on the third step of the podium €5,000. Each rider in the top 20 will take home something. With Liège-Bastogne-Liège being a WorldTour race, there will also be points on offer that will go towards a riders’ overall rankings . . .