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9th Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1919 (Belgium)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

Extremely Cold Weather Hinders L-B-L

World War 1 was over and in September of 1919 Liege-Bastogne-Liege returned to the racing calender.

Only six riders out of the 32 starters made the finish in 1919. The race run in late September experienced unseasonably cold weather. In Bastogne the organizers had to neutralize the race for two hours to allow the nine men still in race to warm-up. Leon Devos, literally frozen, crossed the finish line for the victory after having traversed the closing kilometers at just over 15 kph (9 mph).

L-B-L September 28, 1919
237 Km

1. Leon DEVOS (Bel) 9h20'30"

2. Henri Hanlet (Bel) +2'30"
3. Arthur Claerhout (Bel) +6'30"
Starters: 32
Finishers: 6
Average Speed: 25.370 km/h

L-B-L 1913

L-B-L 1920

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