Liège–Bastogne–Liège: Tough day in saddle as Jungels solos to victory

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) soloed to victory over Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale ) in Liège – Bastogne – Liège.

The final of the Ardennes classics was Liège – Bastogne – Liège, which included 11 categorised climbs over 258,5km.

As soon as the race flag was dropped, a group of nine riders consisting of Loïc Vliegen (BMC), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Mark Christian and Casper Pedersen (Aqua Blue Sport), Florian Vachon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Jérôme Baugnies (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Paul Ourselin (Direct Énergie), Mathias Van Gompel (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Antoine Warnier (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic), made the break of the day.

As the 11 categorised climbs of the day were tackled, the break dwindled down from 9 to one rider. With 22km of racing left, the last standing rider from the breakaway was brought back, just before the penultimate climb of the day, Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. The climb caused the peloton to fracture and a group of race favourites managed to get away.

On the decent of Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, Bob Jungels accelerated and his attack was not countered by the chasing group. He soloed to victory, with Woods taking second and Bardet third.

For our African team, Tom- Jelte Slagter and Serge Pauwels finished 30th and 34th respectively. Natnael Berhane was involved in a crash with 33,3km of racing still left, but luckily he was not injured and went on to finish the race.

Scott Davies- Rider
“It was eye-opening day to be honest, a real hard day in the saddle. It’s been a awesome experience to ride Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I was quite lucky to ride these as a neo-pro so hopefully I’ll come back next year, stronger and with more experience and see how they go.”