Valverde, 41 years old today
Alejandro Valverde celebrates his birthday today. Third in the Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, he now has the opportunity to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the fifth time and to equalize Eddy Merckx, record holder for victories in the event.
The profile of the two remaining climbs
Everything remains to be done for the favorites. Alaphilippe, Roglic, Pogacar, Valverde, Matthews, the runners of Ineos, they are all there.
Regrouping, Alaphilippe again with the favorites
End of the fear for Julian Alaphilippe. The world champion has joined the leading group. The Frenchman must now get back in sight of the last two climbs of the course. There are less than 30 kilometers left.
Two more difficulties before Liège
There remains the Côte des Forges then La Roche-aux-Faucons before heading towards the finish line in Liège. Deceuninck-Quick Step is currently rolling in the second group to bring Alaphilippe back to the rest of the favorites.
Alaphilippe in a second group
Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar were able to support the Ineos in the first group. Julian Alaphilippe is him in a second group, trapped for the moment. Deceuninck-Quick Step still has a runner up front with Mauri Vansevenant.
Ineos makes a break, Alaphilippe misplaced
The acceleration of the Ineos hurts a lot in the peloton. The four riders of the British team broke away and forced the favorites to make the effort to pick up. Julian Alaphilippe, badly placed, is not in the small group.
Ineos accelerates in the Redoubt
Tao Geoghegan Hart accelerated severely in the Redoubt Coast, with Carapaz, Kwiatkowski and Yates in his wheel. The British team is strongly represented. The peloton is now 1’30 from the lead.
35 kilometers before arrival in Liège
The peloton is currently in the Côte de la Redoute. Two men are in the lead: Laurens Huy and Lorenzo Rota. Several groups of counter-attacks are formed, but the peloton, with all the favorites, rolls hard behind, led by Ineos.