Held in the eastern Ardennes region of Belgium, Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a very different prospect that the Spring Classics which precede it in the annual calendar. La Doyenne ("The Oldest") is the Monument that often attracts the Grand Tour contenders as well as the one-day specialists. Relentlessly undulating, Liege-Bastogne-Liege is characterised by the numerous côtes which give the route a saw-tooth profile across its entire length.
Written into modern cycling folklore by the blizzard conditions endured by winner Bernard Hinault in 1980, La Doyenne can still lay a weighty claim to being the toughest one-day race of the year. The most famous climb of La Redoute sometimes defines the race. More often it's the final named climb of Saint-Nicholas or even the ramped finish itself where, as with all the Monuments, those with the best positioning and greatest reserves of stamina will ultimately claim the prize.
Snow returned to the race in 2016, causing the an early section of the race to be rerouted, before returning to the original parcours. Alejandro Valverde's Movistar Team led the chase of the breakaway for many kilometres but a small group broke out to led up the new final climb of Naniot. Wout Poels looked to have started his sprint too early but he held on to finally take Team Sky's maiden Monument victory.
- Hahnemuhle giclée print
- Limited edition of 102, numbered, and signed on reverse
- Size A3 420x297mm, 11 3/4" x 16 1/2"