Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter will once again spearhead our challenge in the final of the Ardennes classsics, the 258km Liège Bastogne Liège on Sunday, and as such bring the Spring classics season to a close.
Also included in our line-up is Steve Cummings,Ben King, Scott Davies along with Natnael Berhane and Jacques Janse van Rensburg – who both join the team straight from the Tour of the Alps.
The race has a rich history, as our image dictates and for which you can find an explanation below, but Alejandro Valverde will once again start as favourite in 2018 having won the event four times, and taking second place at La Flèche Wallonne behind Julian Alaphilippe earlier in the week.
Ben King – Rider
I think Tom and Serge have shown really inspiring fight and good form at both Amstel Gold and Fleche. The fact that Tom was disappointed with 12th at Fleche is a good indicator of what he possibly expects out of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Those guys deserve our full support on Sunday. I hit the ground pretty hard at Fleche so I’m hoping to be fully recovered and be able to contribute as much as I can to the goals of the team.
Our image explained
The Doyenne of the Monuments.
Liège Bastogne Liège is the oldest of the five one day races, dating back to 1892, and so she has seen her fair share of history.
A race made for the climbers to show off their form over no less than 11 climbs during the gruelling 258 km course. The Ardennes have arguably the hardest climbs; while short they reach gradients that would be best suited to well, a tank.
Bastogne is the historical town that decided the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. The illustrated tank was the first to get to the besieged town.
Commander Boggess of the famed tank recalled. “It was a dramatic day; it was a day that you didn’t know if you would live or die.”
While the outcome of LBL won’t be decided in Bastogne, this Monumental race will be full of drama and only the daring and brave will prevail.