Liège - Bastogne - Liège - Race Overview

Multiple Tour of Romandie stage winner Michael Albasini continued his impressive run of form through this year’s classics season by sprinting to second for ORICA-GreenEDGE in a truly epic 102nd edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège today.

After covering over 250kilometres in the snow and sleet Albasini attacked on the final climb of the race – a short, steep and cobbled climb with maximum gradients of 15% - and held on at the front to lead into the descent and the final kilometres.

Wout Poels (Team-Sky) and Rui-Costa (Lampre-Merida) were with Albasini through the s-curve that led into the finishing straight each rider was now at their limit after 253kilometres of racing.

Poels was the first to attack with Albasini following. The pair gained a slim advantage on Costa with the Sky rider just beating Albasini to the line for the victory.

The Swiss stalwart was exhausted but happy with the result.

“It was really tough out there,” said Albasini. “In those kinds of conditions you are always thinking about staying as warm and dry as possible especially towards the end.”

Read the full report here.

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Wouter Poels (NED) - Team Sky 6:24:29
2 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (POR) - Lampre - Merida ST
4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:04
5 Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha 0:00:09
6 Warren Barguil (FRA) - Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:11
7 Roman Kreuziger (CZE) - Tinkoff Team 0:00:12
8 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (SPA) - Team Katusha 0:00:12
9 Bauke Mollema (NED) - Trek-Segafredo 0:00:12
10 Diego Rosa (ITA) - Astana Pro Team 0:00:12
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
33 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:29
56 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:49
67 Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:33
97 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:18
141 Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:06