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PHOTO Gallery: LIEGE-BASTOGNE-LIEGE team presentation
After a grey and wet morning in Liège, the rain abated and blue sky began to emerge through the clouds as the riders began to arrive for the team presentation of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In the auspicious surroundings of the Palais Provincial, the 25 teams were presented to a packed house. Fans lined the barriers that surrounded the entrance of the presentation tent, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite riders

Race favourites Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) were swarmed as they made their way to the cobbled courtyard of the Palais. But it was home rider Philippe Gilbert (BMC) that was greeted with the biggest cheer of the day. His participation was still in doubt, and reporters crowded around the team’s two mini-vans waiting to see if he was coming out and what he might say.

Gilbert explained that he is still feeling the pain of his crash at Flèche Wallonne but will ride this Sunday. “I have to start and try, because it is one of my biggest goals of the season and out of respect of the work of the team I have to do my best,” he said.

Also present were former champion Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), defending champion Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

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It's very rare we get to see the faces behind the cycling sunglasses and helmets.
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Retro LIEGE BASTOGNE LIEGE : SEAN KELLY Talks

What makes Liege-Bastogne-Liege so special, Sean?
It’s a clean race and it goes through nice countryside, there are no cobbles and dirt; not like Flanders and Roubaix where some of the parcours are pretty horrible

Flanders and Roubaix are great races but they are running fights too, in Flanders you have to fight to be in the front for the climbs and in Roubaix you have to fight to be first to the stones

Liege is much more of a wearing-down process, there’s a constant, slow elimination through the back door as the weak quietly slip away as the race goes on and on.

Another thing about it is that there tends to be fewer crashes, so it’s a bit safer than Flanders or Roubaix.

Read more : http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/interviews/retro-liege-sean-kelly/#.VTuweyHtmko
His stats for Liege read like this: 1979, 20th: 1981, 11th: 1982, 10th: 1984, 1st: 1985, 4th: 1986, 12th: 1987, 20th; 1988, 5th: 1989, 1st – good enough to tell us a little about La Doyenne? Yeah, we thought so too: PEZ talked to Sean Kelly about the oldest, and many would say the hardest of the ‘monuments’.
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I do! It's not my main steed but I ride it occasionally. Columbus SLX means it's heavy and noodly by today's standards, but it has a retro charm all its own. ;) 
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Young JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE Meets the MUR de HUY
Julian Alaphilippe finished 2nd in his first time racing La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Etixx - Quick-Step rider is the main focus of our latest video about the 2nd Ardennes Classic of the season
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Youth versus Experience
Preview: Liege could close spring classics season in dramatic fashion
Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/04/news/preview-liege-could-close-spring-classics-season-in-dramatic-fashion_367742#56f87oZrDEzycPzv.99
Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège could cap the spring classics season in dramatic fashion, pitting young guns against experienced veterans
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nCycle UCI World Tour: The Basque Country
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Who remembers Joseba Beloki ?
He's the rider whose career ended when he crashed hard on a descent in the 2003 Tour de France with Armstrong behind him having to do some off-roading to avoid crashing into the fallen Spaniard.
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Highlights from the 2015 UCI Women Road World Cup Fleche Wallonne Femmes

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Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2015: Top 10 riders to watch

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LUCA PAOLINI
The maestro, the director, the wise man, the conductor of the giant moving orchestra...and the unsung hero at Milan-Sanremo, for a second year running. Our interview with the peloton's road captain par excellence

Read more : http://rouleur.cc/journal/riders/luca-paolini
The maestro, the director, the wise man, the conductor of the giant moving orchestra...and the unsung hero at Sunday's Milan-Sanremo, for a second year running. Our interview with the peloton's road captain par excellence, from Rouleur #52
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First rate article. A d what a character. Supremely confident, self-knowing, self-less and generous. Oddly charismatic on a bike. The camera seemed to find him a lot in the Milan San-Remo. I'd honestly never heard of Paolini before as I'd dropped following cycling as a serious endeavour for years. Paolini reminds me a little of Mick Rogers. A lot of substance. Thanks for sharing. There's a wonderful selection of cycling content producers out there.
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PHOTO Gallery Flèche Wallonne

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inCycle: MTN - Qhubeka team profile

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VALVERDE up to second on WorldTour standings
Australian with narrow lead over Spain while Etixx-Quick Step lead team standings

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Australian with narrow lead over Spain while Etixx-Quick Step lead team standings
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