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37th Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1951 (Belgium)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

The First Ardennes Double in 1951

SPECIAL NOTE: L-B-L promoters, led by Les Sport, made changes to the race date. They moved the race to April-early May from a fluctuating June to August date. The new date put L-B-L on the same weekend as Fleche-Wallone, setting up an extrodinary possiblity of an Ardennes 'weekend' Double.

Swiss champion Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler became the first rider to accomplish the Ardennes Double, a victory in both the Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

SPECIAL NOTE: The prestige of L-B-L continued to soar when it was added to the Elite year-long competition, Challenge Desgrange-Colombo.

L-B-L April 22, 1951
211 Km

1. Ferdi KUBLER (Sui) 5h41'01" *

2. Germain Derijcke (Bel)

3. Wout Wagtmans (Hol) +21"

Starters: 161
Finishers: 72
Average Speed: 37.122 km/h

Fleche Wallone April 21, 1951
220 Km [ Charleroi to Liege ]

1. Ferdi KUBLER (Sui) 6h21'59" *

2. Gino Bartali (Ita)

3. Jean Robic (Fra)

Starters: 148
Finishers: 47
Average Speed: 34.561 km/h

L-B-L 1950

L-B-L 1952

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