CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“We have numerous guys like Michael Albasini, Simon Yates and Simon Gerrans who will be up there.”

Photo: Sirotti

DARYL IMPEY

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

ESTEBAN CHAVES

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

LIÈGE - BASTOGNE - LIÈGE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

LUKE DURBRIDGE

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MICHAEL ALBASINI

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MITCHELTON-SCOTT

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

PIETER WEENING

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

SIMON CLARKE

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

SIMON GERRANS

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

SIMON YATES

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
23.04.2015 @ 11:43 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

ORICA-GreenEDGE will go into Sunday’s Liège - Bastogne - Liège, the final Ardennes Classic and fourth ‘Monument’ of cycling, with multiple options in a bid to pull off a tough title defence.
 

The Australian outfit stood on the top step of the podium last year, courtesy of Simon Gerrans who became the first Australian to win the event in its 100year history.

 

Gerrans will again have a leadership role, joined by young British climber Simon Yates who acknowledged an ‘off’ day at Fleche Wallonne but carries good form from a fifth overall at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco earlier this month.

 

Claiming ORICA-GreenEDGE’s third Classics podium for the season yesterday, Michael Albasini will also factor whilst the efforts of Pieter Weening to assist last year’s victory also has him poised for the pointy end of proceedings.

 

“To win Liège - Bastogne – Liège and retain the title, which I think is the hardest of the Classics for the climbers, is a big ask,” sport director Matt White said.

 

“Last year I believed we could get a big result and we did. This year due to Simon Gerrans’ preparation, he is a couple of weeks short of being at top form.”

 

“Are we going to be competitive? Yes, I think we can be.

 

“We are going to go in with multiple options for the final, but it’ll be determined in the last hour or two of the race how we change our tactics.

 

“We have numerous guys like Michael Albasini, Simon Yates and Simon Gerrans who will be up there.”

 

Colombian Esteban Chaves and Australian Simon Clarke will back up from Fleche Wallonne whilst South African Daryl Impey will return after sitting out Wednesday’s race. Former Australian champion Luke Durbridge will bring in fresh legs to complete the line up.

 

The Liège - Bastogne – Liège is a whopping 253km in length with the peloton to negotiate ten climbs in around six and a half hours of racing - the softest a 5% average gradient and the steepest at 11.2% on Côte de Saint-Roch, the second climb of the day.

 

“It’s an extra hour and a half of racing plus maybe 1,500 to 2,000 more metres of climbing,” White said of the race in relation to yesterday’s Fleche Wallonne. “It’s the most demanding one-day Classic of the lot as far as climbing is concerned.”

 

Last year a surprisingly big group contested the finale in Liège, but White predicts that trend will continue for Sunday.

 

“I think the general trend at all of the Classics is that you are seeing bigger and bigger groups closer to the finish,” White said. “The style of racing in one-day racing has changed.”

 

ORICA-GreenEDGE at Liège - Bastogne - Liège (26 April):
Michael Albasini
Esteban Chaves
Simon Clarke
Luke Durbridge
Simon Gerrans
Daryl Impey
Pieter Weening
Simon Yates

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58

Currently no news in this list

Guo HUI
39 years | today
Sergio Andres HIGUITA
24 years | today
Quentin BACON
34 years | today
Deisy Daniela BARRERA
30 years | today
Sander AARDENBURG
37 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com