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Jean-Pierre Drucker


Dayer Quintana, Rigoberto Uran


Damiano Caruso


Dries Devenyns

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Pawel Cieslik

Dimension Data

Anders Skaarseth


Damien Touzé


Xuban Erazzkin, Samuel Sanchez


Niki Terpstra


Caleb Ewan, Jonas Rickaert


Raul Alarcon, Merhawi Kudus

Quick-Step Floors

Jonas Rickaert


Nairo Quintana, Tejay van Garderen

UAE Team Emirates

Winner Anacona, Alessandro De Marchi

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Timothy Dupont

2017 Stagiaires


Aurélien Doleatto, Kevin Geniets, Clément Russo


Yevgeniy Gidich, Karl-Patrick Lauk


Andrea Garosio, Mark Padun, Andrea Toniatti


Lorenzo Fortunato, Umberto Orsini


Patrick Müller, Bram Welten

Caja Rural

Oscar Pelegri, Gonzalo Serrano, Manuel Sola


Cyrus Monk


Fernando Barcelo, Victor Lafay, Tanguy Turgis

Delko Marseille-Provence KTM

Jonathan Couanon, Benjamin Dyball

Dimension Data

Nicholas Dlamini, Amanuel Ghebreigzhabier

Direct Energie

Mathieu Burgaudeau, Florian Maitre, Clément Orceau


Bruno Armirail, Valentin Madouas, Romain Seigle


Kenny Molly


Nikolay Cherkasov, Evgeny Kobernyak, Stepan Kurianov

Israel Cycling Academy

Itmar Einhorn, Nicolas Sassler


Piotr Havik


Adriaan Janssen, Jan-Willem van Schip


Senne Leysen, Emiel Planckaert, Mathias Van Gompel

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Damiano Cima, Hiroki Nishimura

Quick-Step Floors

Alvaro Hodeg, Przemysław Kasperkiewicz


Max Kanter, Leon Rohde


Nicola Conci, Matteo Moschetti, Ayden Toovey

UAE Team Emirates

Seid Lizde

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Brecht Dhaene, Thomas Gibbons, Jasper de Laat

Wilier-Selle Italia

Yuri Colonna, Mattia Marcelli, Luca Raggio

WB Veranclassic

Lionel Taminiaux, Julien Mortier

Harm Vanhoucke: Dreaming of Il Lombardia and Grand Tours

He might be hailing from Belgium, the heart of cycling and a country renowned for the plethora of Classics riders it launched onto the big scene, but Harm Vanhoucke’s future lies in the mountains, where he is keen on making a name for himself in the seasons to come. And why not? At just 20 years of age, Harm is already one of the most promising and fascinating young riders on the international scene, with five victories to his name in the U23 ranks, in one-day races and stage races alike.

Flèche Ardennaise, Piccolo Giro di Lombardia, Tour de Savoie or Tour de Alsace, you name it, Harm Vanhoucke has put to display his remarkable climbing skills every time he had the opportunity and caught the eye of the pro teams, with several rumoured to have shown an interest in signing him. If this will happen this summer and he will become a pro next season, only time will tell.

Until then, the talented Belgian is focused on making the most out of the remainder of the season and enhancing his palmares. More about this and his results so far, in the following interview Harm Vanhoucke gave to Cafe Roubaix earlier this month.

– Harm, how did you come to cycling?

It was thanks to my dad. He never pushed me, but he too was a rider in his youth, so I think I got this from him, although at first I played football; but after while I got bored with it and moved to cycling.

– Was there a rider you admired back then?

I’ve always been a big fan of Andy Schleck. The way he raced and attacked in the mountains really made a big impression on me. Unfortunately, he had to quit cycling a few years ago, much earlier than it should have been the case, due to an injury, and that was a pity.

– How were your first years in the sport?

My first season wasn’t so great, in my first races I got dropped almost every time, but I kept believing, training hard and going deeper into the season I became better and better. Halfway through the season, I could be up there until the very end and that felt like a personal victory. Then, in my second year, which was also my first season in the junior ranks, I managed to get a win and on the climbs I noticed I could stay with the best guys. From that point on, things only got better and better. At that moment, I began thinking and hoping one day I will become a pro rider.

– Your first big win came last year, when you won the stage to Les Déserts at the Tour de Pays de Savoie. How was that day?

It was very difficult, as we rode at an incredible high pace the entire time. At the end, I think I was the freshest guy of the field and could ride away from everyone else to my first win. It was also my birthday, so I got a very nice birthday gift, one which I will never forget.

– Then, in your final race of the season, you rode to a solo victory in the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia.

After the Tour de l’Avenir, I talked with my trainer and told him that I want to arrive in good shape at the start of Lombardia. I trained hard prior to the event, so I hit top condition for the race, and to emerge victorious was just amazing. Everything was made even more special by the fact I was the first Belgian to win it and I’m really proud of this achievement.

– This year, another spectacular series of victories and strong results followed.

Indeed. I took the win in Flèche Ardennaise, which was my first victory of the year; it made me happy to come on top of another very big one-day race. Then, the Vuelta a Navarra followed, and it was another important milestone, as it was my maiden GC success. The team did a great job there and I’m very thankful to the boys for their help!

– And then came Tour de Savoie.

Which is a big and beautiful race. I was in really good shape and the result in the GC and in the uphill time trial left me satisfied, but on the other hand I didn’t get a win like last year, and that was a disappointment. I came close to victory twice, once in the TT, where only Bernal was faster, and then on the final day, to Moûtiers, where I was alone with 300 meters to go, when Perichon came past me like a rocket. Once again, I celebrated my birthday in the race, and although Savoie scheduled two hard stages on that day, the birthday wishes I got from everybody made my day a lot better.

– What are your goals for the second part of the year?

I will now race Giro della Valle d’Aosta, where I would like to win a stage, but my big objectives are the Tour de l’Avenir and Lombardia, which I’d love to win for the second time.

– I know it’s still a long way to go, but what races would you like to win as a pro?

Not only that I first have to make this step, but I also have a to improve a lot, in the time trial and even on the climbs. But if I were to name a few, then Il Lombardia, stages in the Critérium du Dauphiné and in the Grand Tours are on my bucket list. Would be great to say one day that I’ve won Il Lombardia both as an U23 and pro rider.

Tour de France Stats

Historical stats

– The Tour de France was created in 1903 and the inaugural edition was won by Maurice Garin

– Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx share the record for the most overall wins, five

– The nation standings is led by France (36), followed by Belgium (18) and Spain (12)

– As expected, France has the most stage wins – 688 – and the most yellow jerseys, 736

– Peugeot is the team with the most victories in the overall classification, 9

– 60 cyclists have won the Tour de France at least once

– Eddy Merckx holds the record for the most days spent in the yellow jersey (96), most yellow jerseys (111), as well as the one for the most stage victories (34)

– The Belgian also has the most stage wins in the yellow jersey at one edition: 7 in 1970

– Charles Pélissier, Freddy Maertens and Eddy Merckx share the record for the most stage wins at a single edition: 8

– André Darrigade is the rider with the most consecutive editions with at least one stage victory: 10

– Ti-Raleigh has the most victories in a team time trial: 6

– Fabian Cancellara is the cyclist with the most yellow jerseys ever for someone who has not won the Tour: 29

– Richard Virenque has conquered the most polka dot jerseys: 7

– In the points classification, Germany’s Erik Zabel leads, with six victories

– Andy Schleck and Jan Ullrich are the only riders who have won the white jersey three times

– Eddy Merckx was awarded the super combativity award on four occasions, an all-time record

– Raymond Poulidor has the most overall podiums: 8

– François Faber is the only cyclist who took five stages in a row (1909)

– Bernard Hinault holds the record for the most individual time trial wins: 20

– The 1927 edition stands out for scheduling no less than 16 team time trials

– 2015 is the year with the fewest kilometers of ITT: 13,8

– George Hincapie, Stuart O’Grady and Jens Voigt share the record for the most starts: 17

– Joop Zoetemelk is the rider with the most completed editions (16) and the most second places (6)

– Youngest ever winner of the Grande Boucle is Henri Cornet (19 years and 355 days in 1904), while the oldest one is Firmin Lambot (36 years and 131 days in 1922)

– Italy’s Fabio Battestini is the youngest ever stage winner (19 years and 133 days in 1931); Pino Cerami is the oldest one (41 years and 95 days in 1963)

– Only two cyclists from outside of Europe have won the trophy: Cadel Evans (Australia) and Greg LeMond (U.S.A.)

– Gino Bartali holds the record for the longest time span between the first and the last GC victory: 10 years

– 15 riders were forced to retire while leading the general classification

– 1958 and 1987 are the years of the editions which witnessed the most riders to wear the yellow jersey: 8

– Lucien Aimar, Firmon Lambot, Greg LeMond, Gastone Nencini, Oscar Pereiro and Roger Walkowiak have all won the overall standings without nabbing a stage victory

– Albert Bourlon went down into the history books as the rider with the longest winning solo escape, 253 kilometers in 1947

– Up until this point, 24 nations gave a leader of the general classification

– Australia, Canada, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S.A. are the five countries from outside Europe who had a cyclist in the yellow jersey

– Bernard Hinault is the only rider who wore the yellow jersey at eight editions

– Laurent Fignon, Vincenzo Nibali and Joop Zoetemelk are the three cyclists who got to win on three summit finishes at a single edition

– Smallest winning margin was recorded in 1989, when Greg LeMond defeated Laurent Fignon for just 8 seconds

– In 1903, Maurice Garin put two hours, 59 minutes and 21 seconds between him and the second places cyclist, Lucien Pothier, which stands as the biggest ever winning gap

– 11 cyclists have won the Tour de France at their debut in the race, while four riders took the GC at their last presence here

– Ottavio Bottecchia, Maurice Garin, Nicolas Frantz, Romain Maes and Philippe Thys have lead the event from the first until the last stage

– Pierre Brambilla, Laurent Fignon and Hermann Van  Springel have lost the lead in the last day

– Jan Janssen, Greg LeMond and Jean Robic are the three cyclists who took the final win in the last day of the race

– Louison Bobet, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond have all won the race while wearing the rainbow jersey

– Andy and Frank Schleck are the only brothers to have finished the Tour de France on the podium

– The most successful bib in the history of the race is 1, with 25 victories scored by the riders who wore it

– The highest jersey number worn by a Tour de France winner was 171 (Pedro Delgado in 1988)

– The second running (1904) saw the shortest edition (2420 kilometers); the longest one took place in 1926 (5745 kilometers)

– The longest stage in line ever witnessed had 482 kilometers; the shortest one had 19,6 kilometers

– Lowest average speed of an edition was in 1924 – 23,972 km/h; highest average speed was recorded in 2006: 40,789 km/h

– Throughout history, only three stages were neutralised, in 1978, 1995 and 1998

– Alpe d’Huez was the host of the first ever summit finish, in 1952, when Fausto Coppi took the victory

– First visit of the peloton outside the borders of France was in 1907, to Metz, who was a German posession at that time

– Paris is the most visited city (152), followed by Bordeaux (134) and Pau (119)

– Most visited venue outside France is Liège (22)

– 1992 was the year in which the race went to the most foreign countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain

– The yellow yersey was introduced in 1919, the polka dot one in 1933, the green jersey in 1953 and the white one in 1979

– During the 1970s, there was a team points competition too, with the riders of the leading team wearing green caps to show that they headed the classification

– First passage of the Pyrenees was in 1910, with the Alps making their debut one year later

– Col du Galibier is the highest ever summit finish – 2645 meters, while Col du Tourmalet is the most visited climb (80 times)

– Since 1975, the race concludes on Champs-Élysées

– The 103 editions which took place so far have covered a total of 433 500 kilometers

2017 stats

– 22 teams will race this edition (18 World Tour, 4 Pro Continental)

– Three of these haven’t scored a World Tour win in 2017: Direct Energie and Fortuneo-Vital Concept and Wanty-Groupe Gobert

– This 104th running of the race has 3540 kilometers, two individual time trials (making up for a total of 37 kilometers) and three summit finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Izoard)

– During these three weeks, the peloton will tackle all five mountain regions of France: Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Massif Central and Alps

– Bonus seconds will be up for grabs for the top three: 10, 6 and 4

– For the first time in history, Düsseldorf will host the Grand Depart

– Col du Galibier is the highest point of this year’s race – 2642 meters

– The peloton will go through three neighboring countries: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg

– The race will visit 34 French departments

– Two former winners are at the start: Alberto Contador and Chris Froome

– The cyclists who’ll line up for the event have won a combined total of 14 Grand Tours, 20 Monuments, 10 world titles and more than 250 Grand Tour stages

– Youngest rider in the race is Elie Gesbert (22 years), while the oldest one is Haimar Zubeldia (40 years)

– When it comes to teams, Cannondale-Drapac is the youngest one (27.6 years) and Dimension Data is the oldest (32.1 years)

– 49 riders will make their maiden outing at the Grande Boucle

– All of Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s riders are Tour de France debutants, making the Belgian outfit the seventh squad in the past 39 years to field a team comprising rookies

– 32 countries will have at least one rider in the race, with the home nation topping the list (39)

– 18 national champions will line up for July’s race

– Bahrain-Merida, Katusha-Alpecin and Orica-Scott are the outfits with the most nationalities represented in the squad, 7

– Haimar Zubeldia is the rider with the most Grand Tour starts under his belt, 29 (this one included)

– Adam Hansen is participating in his 18th consecutive Grand Tour, this extending his record

– For the first time in 28 years, there won’t be any Russian riders competing in the Grande Boucle

– Oldest Grand Tour rookie is Pieter Vanspeybrouck (30 years)

– Elie Gesbert is the sole neo-pro to race the 104th edition

– Sylvain Chavanel is the active rider with the most starts – 17 (including this one)

– During the three weeks, the publicity caravan – which turns 87 years – will hand out 18 million objects to the spectators

– 10 to 12 million spectators are expected on the road side

– The overall winner will receive 500 000 euros

– The Tour de France will visit 10 new cities: Düsseldorf, Mondorf-les-Bains, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Nantua, Eymet, Laissac-Sévérac l’Église, Romans-sur-Isère, La Mure, Izoard and Salon-de-Provence

The 2017 National Champions

Country Individual time trial Road race
Argentina Mauricio Muller Gonzalo Najar
Australia Rohan Dennis Miles Scotson
Austria Georg Preidler Gregor Mühlberger
Azerbaidjan Elchin Asadov Kirill Pozdnyakov
Belarus Stanislau Bazhkou Kanstantin Siutsou
Belgium Yves Lampaert Oliver Naesen
Canada Svein Tuft Matteo Dal-Cin
Croatia Matija Kvasina Josip Rumac
Colombia Jarlinson Pantano Sergio Henao
Czech Republic Jan Barta Zdenek Stybar
Denmark Martin Madsen Mads Pedersen
Eritrea Mekseb Debesay Meron Abraham
Estonia Silver Mäoma Gert Jöeäär
Ethiopia Tsgabu Grmay Hailemelekot Hailu
Finland Sasu Halme Matti Manninen
France Pierre Latour Arnaud Démare
Germany Tony Martin Marcus Burghardt
Ireland Ryan Mullen Ryan Mullen
Italy Gianni Moscon Fabio Aru
Kazahstan Zhandos Bizhigitov Artyom Zakharov
Latvia Aleksejs Saramotins Krists Neilands
Lithuania Ignatas Konovalovas Ignatas Konovalovas
Luxembourg Jean-Pierre Drucker Bob Jungels
Namibia Till Drobisch Till Drobisch
Netherlands Tom Dumoulin Ramon Sinkeldam
New Zeeland Jack Bauer Joseph Cooper
Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen Rasmus Tiller
Poland Michal Kwiatkowski Adrian Kurek
Portugal Domingos Gonçalves Ruben Guerreiro
Romania Eduard Grosu Marius Petrache
Russia Ilnur Zakarin Alexander Porsev
Rwanda Adrien Niyonshuti Gasore Hategeka
Slovakia Marec Canecky Juraj Sagan
Slovenia Jan Polanc Luka Mezgec
South Africa Daryl Impey Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Spain Jonathan Castroviejo Jesus Herrada
Sweden Tobias Ludvigsson Kim Magnusson
Switzerland Stefan Küng Silvan Dillier
Ukraine Oleksandr Polivoda Vitaliy Buts
United Arab Emirates Yousef Mohamed Mirza Yousef Mohamed Mirza
United Kingdom Steven Cummings Steven Cummings
U.S.A. Joey Rosskopf Lawrence Warbasse


2017 Tour de France Roadbook

2017 Tour de France Roadbook

2017 Tour de France Stages

Stage 1 – Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf (14km)

TdF 2017 Stage 1

Stage 2 – Düsseldorf – Liège (203.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 2

Stage 3 – Verviers – Longwy (212.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 3

Stage 4 – Mondorf-les-Bains – Vittel (207.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 4

Stage 5 – Vittel – Le Planche des Belles Filles (160.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 5

Stage 6 – Vesoul – Troyes (216km)

TdF 2017 Stage 6

Stage 7 – Troyes – Nuits-Saint-Georges (213.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 7

Stage 8 – Doles – Station des Rousses (187.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 8

Stage 9 – Nantuna – Chambery (181.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 9

Stage 10 – Périgueux – Bergerac (178km)

TdF 2017 Stage 10

Stage 11 – Eymet – Pau (203.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 11

Stage 12 – Pau – Peyragudes (214.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 12

Stage 13 – Saint-Girons – Foix (101km)

TdF 2017 Stage 13

Stage 14 – Blagnac – Rodez (181.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 14

Stage 15 – Laissac-Sévérac-l’Église – Le Puy-en-Velay (189.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 15

Stage 16 – Le Puy-en-Velay – Romans-sur-Isère (165km)

TdF 2017 Stage 16

Stage 17 – La Mure – Serre Chevalier (183km)

TdF 2017 Stage 17

Stage 18 –   Briançon – Izoard (179.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 18

Stage 19 – Embrun – Salon-de-Provence (222.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 19

Stage 20 – Marseille – Marseille (22.5km)

TdF 2017 Stage 20

Stage 21 – Montgeron – Paris (103km)

TdF 2017 Stage 21

Giro d’Italia Stats

Historical stats

– The race was created in 1909 and the inaugural edition was won by Luigi Ganna

– In 1912 there was no individual classification, but a team classification, won by Atala

– Alfredo Binda, Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx share the record for the most GC wins, five each

– Italy leads the nation standings, with 69 triumphs, way ahead of Belgium, which has only seven

– Felice Gimondi holds the record for most podium finishes: 9

– Longest edition took place in 1962 (4180 kilometers), while the shortest was the inaugural one (2445 kilometers)

– The race has had 12 foreign starts until now: San Marino (1965), Monaco (1966), Belgium (1973), Vatican (1974), Greece (1996), France (1998), Netherlands (2002), Belgium (2006), Netherlands (2010), Denmark (2012), Northern Ireland (2014) and Netherlands (2016)

– Fausto Coppi is the youngest ever winner: 20 years and 268 days (1940); the oldest winner is Fiorenzo Magni: 34 years and 180 days (1955)

– Olimpio Bizzi (19 years and 299 days in 1936) is the youngest stage winner, while Giovanni Rossignoli (37 years and 186 days in 1920) is the oldest one

– In 1932, Giovanni Gerbi – 47 at that time – became the oldest ever rider to compete in the event

– Wladimiro Panizza has the most Giro d’Italia starts (18) and finishes (16)

– Between 1909 and 1913, the scoring format used a points-based system, which was subsequently changed to a time-based system

– Only three cyclists from outside of Europe have won the race: Andrew Hampsten (U.S.A.), Ryder Hesjedal (Canada) and Nairo Quintana (Colombia)

– The pink jersey is awarded to the race leader since 1931 and the first rider to wear it was Learco Guerra

– Eddy Merckx has the most days in the maglia rosa, 79

– Andrea Noe is the oldest ever cyclist to don the pink jersey: 38 years in 2007

– As of 2016, 259 riders from 24 countries wore the pink jersey

– 33 countries have won at least a stage at the Corsa Rosa

– Four riders have led the race from start to finish: Costante Girardengo (1919), Alfredo Binda (1927), Eddy Merckx (1973) and Gianni Bugno (1990)

– Two cyclists have lost the race on the last day: Laurent Fignon (1984) and Joaquim Rodriguez (2012)

– 14 riders who have won the overall without taking a stage win

– Longest ever stage took place in 1914 (Lucca-Rome, 430 km), and was won by Costante Girardengo

– Shortest one was won by Roger Swerts – 20 kilometers starting and finishing in Forte dei Marmi – in 1972

– The longest ever individual time trial came at the 1951 edition – 81 kilometers between Perugia and Terni – and was won by Fausto Coppi

– Switzerland was the first foreign country to be visited by the peloton, in 1920

– In 1921, the race began to be filmed in order to be screened in cinemas – 1928 was the year with the most cyclists at the start: 298

– Alfredo Binda holds the record for the most consecutive stage wins, 8 in 1929, and for the most stage wins at one edition, 12 in 1927

– Another Italian, Mario Cipollini, has the most stage victories in the history of the Giro: 42

– The mountains classification was introduced in 1933, same year that an individual time trial was held

– First edition to feature the Dolomites was the 1937 one; same year, the team time trial was introduced

– The closest winning margin in Giro history was recorded in 1948, when only 11 seconds separated Fiorenzo Magni from Ezio Cecchi

– The 1914 edition witnessed the largest winning margin: 1:57:26  between Alfonso Calzolari and Pierino Albini

2017 stats

– 22 teams (18 World Tour, 4 Pro Continental) will line-up for the 100th edition of the Corsa Rosa

– Of these, only Gazprom-RusVelo is winless this season

– The race starts in Alghero and finishes in Milan, after 3572,2 kilometers

– For the first time in four years, the Giro d’Italia will kick off with a road stage

– Two former winners are at the start: Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana

– Bardiani-CSF and Gazprom-RusVelo are the teams fielding riders only from the country they are registered in

– 32 countries will be represented in the peloton, with Italy having the most cyclists, 45

– Italy’s Vincenzo Albanese (20 years) is the youngest cyclist at the start, while Angel Vicioso (40 years) is the oldest one

– Paolo Tiralongo is the rider with the most participations in the Corsa Rosa, 11, not including the one of this year

– Bardiani-CSF’s line-up has an average age of 25 years, making it the youngest in the race; the oldest squad is Bahrain-Merida (32 years)

– The riders who are at the start have won a combined total of 6 Grand Tours, 2 Monuments, and more than 100 Grand Tour stages

– Five neo-pros will make their Grand Tour debut at the Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Albanese, Zhandos Bizhigitov, Ryan Gibbons, Edward Ravasi and Michal Schlegel

2017 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

2017 Giro d’Italia Roadbook

Liège–Bastogne–Liège Stats

Historical stats

– The first edition took place in 1892 and was won by Leon Houa

– Eddy Merckx holds the record for the most victories: 5, between 1969 and 1975

– The same Merckx has the most podiums: 7

– Belgium leads the nations standings, with 59 wins, followed by Italy (12) and Switzerland (10)

– Seven riders have won both Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège in the same season: Moreno Argentin, Philippe Gilbert Ferdi Kubler, Eddy Merckx, Stan Ockers, Davide Rebellin and Alejandro Valverde

– No U23 winner went on to take the victory as a pro

– Four cyclists from outside of Europe nabbed the win: Simon Gerrans (Australia), Tyler Hamilton (U.S.A.), Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazahstan) and Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazahstan)

– Since Bernard Hinault (1980), no other reigning Tour de France champion has won the Belgian Monument

–Moreno Argentin, in 1987, was the last rainbow jersey wearer to finish first

– Biggest winning margin was recorded in 1893, when Leon Houa came home half an hour ahead of his fellow countryman, Michel Borisowski

– The inaugural edition had 33 riders at the start, with only 17 of them getting to the finish

– Besides Belgium, only Italy got to place three cyclists on the podium, at the 2005 edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège

– The race has been affected by snow in 1919, 1957, 1980 and 2016

– Until 1973, ten editions have finished on the Stade Vélodrome de Rocourt, a 40 000-seat arena

– Since 1992, the race ends in Ans, a suburb of Liège

– Longest dry spell without a Belgian victory was between 2000 and 2011

– In 1957, the win was awarded to two riders: Germain Derycke and Frans Schoubben

– Youngest ever winner is Victor Fastre (18 years and 362 days); oldest one is Alexandr Vinokourov (36 years and 221 days)

– Davide Rebellin is the rider with the most editions completed, 14

2017 stats

– 25 teams (18 World Tour and 7 Pro Continental) will line-up for the 103nd edition

– Three of these teams are winless this season: Aqua Blue Sport, Roompot and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

– The course is 258-km long and includes ten categorized climbs

– Three former winners are at the start of the race: Simon Gerrans, Daniel Martin and Alejandro Valverde

– The cyclists who will ride the 2017 edition have won a combined total of 9 Monuments, 2 world titles and more than 70 Grand Tour stages

– Of the riders who are at the start, Samuel Sanchez and Bram Tankink have the most participations: 13

– France is the country with the most riders in the race, 34

– Ben O’Connor (21 years) is the youngest rider who will line-up in Liège, while Angel Vicioso is the oldest one (40 years)

– Liège–Bastogne–Liège marks 2181 days since the last win of the hosts in the event

– Three winners of the U23 race will ride the 103nd edition: Grega Bole, Guillaume Martin and Tosh Van der Sande

– 16 neo-pros will make their debut in a Monument at “La Doyenne”: Martijn Budding, Kevin Deltombe, Thomas Deruette, Fabien Doubey, Lennard Hofstede, Enric Mas, Jeroen Meijers, Remy Mertz, Xandro Meurisse, Ben O’Connor, Dan Pearson, Dimitri Peyskens, Oscar Riesebeek, Ludovic Robeet, Nikita Stalnov and Antoine Warnier

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