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1st Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1892 (Belgium)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

1st Edition of "Le Doyenne" Goes to Leon Houa

The oldest of the “5 monuments of cycling” has appeared on the racing calendar since 1892. However Liege-Bastogne-Liege will progress slowly through nearly three decades to obtain the status of the great international classic. The 1st edition was held for amateurs only. Heavy Club Inhabitant of Liège and Liege Cyclist' S Union (LCU) decide to set up the amateur race as a test for the proposed Liege-Paris-Liege. That marathon of a race would never get off the ground.

Belgian Leon Houa finished the race course in 10 hours, 48 minutes and 36 seconds to become the first Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion.

L-B-L April 2, 1892
250 Km

1. Leon Houa (Bel) 10h48'36"

2. Leon Hoest (Bel) +22'00"
3. Louis Rasquinet (Bel) +44'00"
Starters: 33
Finishers: 17
Average Speed: 23.322 km/h



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