The classic liège–Bastogne-liège race, the oldest Road. And with 256 km (4500 meters of altitude) and also the hardest. With Marc Hirschi (20) and Michael Albasini (38) are just two of the Swiss at the Start. Once it was the favourite classic of the Swiss (6 wins), now just a compulsory exercise.
Only the new finish line on the Boulevard d’avroy evokes memories of past successes. As Fabian Cancellara in 2012, here is the prologue of the Tour de France won. Now, there are others who triumph here. Deserved solo winner Jakob Fuglsang (34). As the Second (Flèche) and third (Amstel) has completed the Dane, the last two classics already on the Podium.
The 34-Year-old of Team Astana attacked with 15 km before the finish on the last of the eleven rated climbs, the Côte de la Roche aux Faucons.
The Eastern Swiss Michael Albasini (70.) the fourth-oldest driver with 38 years in the field. He has tried it in an escape group. But the Oldie is suspended at La Redoute – nothing place as of 2016 (the Second) is composed of a pedestal.
A bright spot is the New professional Marc Hirschi (51.) It is his first Start, helping his boss Tom Dumoulin. As the last team-mate, he drives all the way to the finish line with almost 7 minutes behind the winner, Fuglsang.
“That was the hardest race of my young career,” he says to VIEW. The 20-Year-old but only the distance and altitude. “But also because of the cold and the rain.” Hirschi can now look forward to three weeks Break from racing.