The second UCI WWT series head to Liège for the final classics race of the inaugural edition of the Ardennes Week. Liège will witness a turning point in women’s cycling hosting the inaugural edition of the women’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège (a.k.a. La Doyenne). The Ardennes region of Belgium will witness the eighth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour on Sunday 23 April 2017. The inaugural edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège will also be the final spring classics race of the 2017 UCI WWT series.
The fourth and oldest of the five Cycling Monuments will finally have a women’s race. Starting in Bastogne and finishing in Ans, Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes will share its final 45 kilometres with the men’s race, its decisive segment featuring Côte de la Redoute, Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons and Côte de Saint Nicolas climbs before heading to Ans where the race ends on a slightly uphill finale.
Finally in 2017, Cauberg, Mur de Huy and Côte de la Redoute, are faced by the international women’s peloton, making a historic first edition of the Ardennes Week. After winning Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) will try to claim the triple in the historic inaugural edition of the Ardennes Week.
Sunday, 23 April 2017, local time from 10:05 am until 14:00 pm approx (UTC+2)
Route 135.5km: Bastogne – Ans
After a short neutralisation sector, the 135.5 kilometre course of 2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège will start. The inaugural Liège-Bastogne-Liège course will feature only four climbs, including Côte de la Redoute, Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons and Côte de Saint Nicolas in its decisive final segment, sharing its final 45 kilometres with the men’s race. La Côte de la Vecquée with 50 kilometres to go will be a key point at the Belgian classic as its 6.7 kilometres at an average 4.9% gradient will cause important front selection before entering in the 45-kilometre final segment. The inaugural edition classified hills are the following ones:
- Côte de la Vecquée at mark 82.5km -> 6700m long at an average 4.9% gradient.
- Côte de la Redoute at mark 100km-> 2000m long at an average 8.9% gradient.
- Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons at mark 116km -> 1300m long at an average 11% gradient.
- Côte de Saint Nicolas at mark 130km -> 1200m long at an average 8.6% gradient.
Favourites & Outsiders
Annemiek van Vleuten, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Lizzie Deignan
Megan Guarnier, Flavia Oliveira, Ellen van Dijk, Janneke Ensing
Mavi García, Marie Vilmann, Dani King, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, Katrin Garfoot
Our favourite: Anna van der Breggen
Our outsider: Marie Vilmann
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance), Mavi García, Lierni Lekuona, Lorena Llamas and Lourdes Oyarbide (Bizkaia-Durango) will be our Spanish representatives at the inaugural edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes.
Who to follow
15 riders to watch at Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes
How to follow the race
Similarly to La Flèche Wallonne Féminine it is unlikely that the race organised by ASO will be broadcast live. It is posible that during the start of the men’s race streaming some sort of coverage or highlights will be broadcasted at 14:15 (UTC+2) on:
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: