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Liege-Bastogne-Liege finish to return to historic home in city centre

ASO announce that race finish will move back to historic finish from 2019

Joe Robinson
26 Apr 2018

After a 27-year absence, the finish of Liege-Bastogne-Liege will leave its current finish of Ans returning to its true home of Liege as of 2019.

The much-awaited announcement came today via the Liege-Bastogne-Liege twitter page in which the race confirmed its move as well the guarantee of a women's Liege and Fleche Wallonne until 2024.

The contract with Ans expired last weekend and it has now been confirmed that talks between ASO and Liege city councillors were successful in returning the race to its rightful finish.

Many will celebrate the decision to move the race finish back to Liege with the current finish coming under criticism for its predictability.  

The days of long range attacks from the Col de la Redoute have seemingly disappeared with many now waiting until the final climb of the Cote de Saint-Nicolas to launch their winning attacks, as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has used to great effect on multiple occasions. 

This year was an exception with winner Bob Jungels escaping with on the descent of the Roche-aux-Faucons climb with over 20km remaining.

The last time 'La Doyenne' finished in its native Liege, the race was won by one of the race's most successful sons, Moreno Argentin.

The Italian outsprinted the trio of Claude Criquielion, Rolf Sorensen and Miguel Indurain to take his fourth and final victory at the race.

By moving the finish line to Liege, organisers ASO will be hoping to provide a more exciting race with attacks further from the line rather than an attritional battle for 260km before a drag race up the final climb into Ans.