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72nd Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1986 (Belgium)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Patience Pays Off

The rolling hills of the Belgian Ardennes took on additional toughness during the 72nd edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege when wind, cold temperatures, and heavy rain fell on the peloton. 

After a five rider breakaway was caught just before the steep Mont Theux the race became animated.  A new four rider group containing Flanders winner Adri Van Der Poel formed and opened a 30 second gap. 

Defending champion Moreno Argentin and Claude Criquielion beat the cold temperatures and joined the now solo Van Der Poel in the breakaway.  When Norwegian Dag Erik Pedersen enter the group the final selection of the race had occurred. 

Argentin covered numerous Criquielion attacks on the final 20 kms into Liege, but at the 1 km to go marker the Belgian escaped.  Argentin patiently waited while former teammate Pedersen closed the gap on Criquielion.  Moreno Argentin, perfectly placed, jump past Van Der Poel and easily took his second consecutive L-B-L victory.

L-B-L April 20, 1986
252 Km

1. Moreno ARGENTIN (Ita) 6h41'21”

2. Adri Van der Poel (Hol)

3. Dag-Erik Pedersen (Nor)

Starters: 219
Finishers: 54
Average Speed: 37.660 km/h

 

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