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Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Route, riders and all you need to know

Will Strickson
22 Apr 2022

Key info about the 2022 Liège-Bastogne-Liège men's and women's races on Sunday 24th April: Route, riders, live TV guide

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: At a glance

  • Date: Sunday 24th April 2022   
  • Start: Men – Liège / Women – Bastogne, Belgium  
  • Finish: Liège, Belgium  
  • Distance: Men – 257.2km / Women – 142.5km  
  • UK television coverage: Eurosport and GCN+

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2022 preview

Liège-Bastogne-Liège draws the curtain on the Spring Classics and the first part of the season, being the final instalment of a series of races that runs from February until April.

It also comes as the last race in a micro-season known as the Ardennes Classics, which consists of three races: Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Some count the smaller race of Brabantse Pijl as part of this category too.

The Ardennes of Belgian Wallonia and Dutch Limburg, where the races are held, provide an opportunity for the climbers primarily, but riders that fit the puncheur mould can also do well, with short to medium climbs of differing gradients proliferating throughout all three races. 

Liège is the hardest of the three, over 250km in length and often with as much climbing as a hard Tour de France mountain stage. A worthy end to the spring season.

Changed slightly in 2019, the route now finishes by returning to Liège as opposed to nearby Ans. There was also the recent addition of the Côte de Desnié just ahead of the Côte de la Redoute.

Normally around 100km shorter than the men's edition, this year will also see the sixth edition of the women's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Taking place on the same day as the men's event, with the final 100km or so the same in both races.



Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Men's route

The 2022 Liège-Bastogne-Liège men's route is slightly shorter than the 2021 race, coming down from 259.5km to 257.1km.

Ardennes Classics differ greatly from the Cobbled Classics because the difficulty comes not from the poor road surfaces but from the elevation. Racking up over 4,500 metres of climbing as they go, this year sees the addition of another new climb.

The recently added 1.6km long, 8.1% average Côte de Desnié should weaken most legs ahead of the famous Côte de la Redoute.

With the final climb 15km from the slightly uphill finish, it tends to suit punchier riders who are nevertheless able to haul themselves over the epic amount of preceding climbing. Despite that, GC riders will go well, too, with Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič winning the previous two editions.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2022: Women's route

The pro women will be riding 142.1km from Bastogne to Liege. This misses the outwards leg of the male race, dropping onto the shared course with around 100km remaining. 

The women's course still includes the Côte de la Redoute, the new climb of the Côte de Desnié and the final climb of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Television schedule

There will be live coverage of the the 2022 Liege-Bastogne-Liege men's and women's race on digital television and online via Eurosport and the GCN+.

Men's race

Eurosport Player and GCN+, Sunday 24th April, 1230-1630  
Eurosport 1, Sunday 25th April, 1225-1600

Women's race

Eurosport Player and GCN+, Sunday 24th April, 1035-1230  
Eurosport 1, Sunday 25th April, 1035-1145

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Men's teams

WorldTeams

AG2R-Citroën
Astana-Qazaqstan
Bahrain Victorious
Bora-Hansgrohe
Cofidis
EF Education-EasyPost
Groupama-FDJ
Ineos Grenadiers
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
Israel-Premier Tech
Jumbo-Visma
Lotto Soudal
Movistar
QuickStep Alpha Vinyl
Team BikeExchange-Jayco
Team DSM
Trek-Segafredo
UAE Team Emirates

ProContinental teams

Alpecin-Fenix
Arkéa Samsic
Equipo Kern Pharma
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
TotalEnergies
Uno-X Pro Cycling

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Men's favourites

It'd usually be impossible to look past last year's winner Tadej Pogačar, who could've won it in 2020, too. However, in Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne he showed some mortality on the steep ramp of the Mur de Huy so that may suggest he's not hit his peak form yet this year – a scary thought.

Working against Pogačar will be Julian Alaphilippe, a man who consistently performs at La Doyenne, yet for whom the title has proved elusive. He also struggled to keep pace at Flèche Wallonne, a race made for him, so may be lacking his normal flourish.

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl may look to Remco Evenepoel to go for a long-range attack to help out Alaphilippe or to win it himself.

Both riders will be incredibly afraid of Wout van Aert. After skipping a couple of races due to 'Covid', he looked frighteningly fresh at Paris-Roubaix last weekend and has the complete skillset to take his second Monument win in Liège.

Outside of those three, contenders are a-plenty. Mathieu van der Poel could win any race. Matej Mohorič has won one Monument this year and wasn't far off a second. Ineos Grenadiers have been strong in the classics and bring Michał Kwiatkowski, Dani Martínez and Omar Fraile to name a few.

Valentin Madouas, Benoît Cosnefroy, Aleksandr Vlasov, Enric Mas, Alejandro Valverde, Søren Kragh Andersen and Warren Barguil have all shown form this season and shouldn't be written off either.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Women's teams

Women's WorldTeams

Canyon-SRAM Racing
EF Education-Tibco-SVB
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
Human Powered Health
Jumbo-Visma
Movistar
Liv Racing Xstra
Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad
SD Worx
Team BikeExchange-Jayco
Team DSM
Trek-Segafredo
UAE Team ADQ
Uno-X Pro Cycling

Women's Continental teams

Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
Arkéa Pro Cyclinng
Bepink
Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyck Sport
Cofidis Women Team
Le Col-Wahoo
Lotto Soudal Ladies
ParkHotel Valkenburg
Plantur-Pura
Valcar-Travel & Service

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2022: Women's favourites

With Anna van der Breggen retired, this race is wide open and an incredibly exciting prospect.

She does head up a very strong SD Worx outfit with last year's winner Demi Vollering looking to go back-to-back, and showing some good but not all-conquering legs so far this season.

The favourite could well be Marta Cavalli. She would've been a dark horse a few weeks ago with her FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope team tending to work for Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig but with the Dane out, the young Italian has impressively won Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne and finished well at Paris-Roubaix. An Ardennes triple crown would be historic.

Paris-Roubaix winner Elisa Longo Borghini could be in with a shot of being only the second woman to win all the Monuments on offer, after teammate Lizzie Deignan completed her set in Roubaix last year.

Writing off Annemiek van Vleuten would of course be foolish, even after a few near misses in the classics. With so much climbing awaiting the peloton, Van Vleuten is one of a few that could go uphill all day and still look fresh so will no doubt be among the final selection.

A perennial favourite for the classics is Kasia Niewiadoma. The Canyon-SRAM rider is one of the strongest puncheurs in the peloton, though has had to settle for more podiums than wins. All signs suggest Liège is a race she will win, but having struggled at Flèche Wallonne, her form may not be right for this one.

With a stacked field and potential weakness among favourites, look out for teammates of those listed above: Arlenis Sierra, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Grace Brown, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Shirin van Anrooij, Ellen van Dijk and Pauliena Rooiakkers. As well as outside bets that are strong and may spring a surprise in Lianne Lippert, Anna Henderson and Yara Kastelijn.

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