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74th Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1988 (Belgium)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Phinney's Face Plant

Three time defending champion Moreno Argentin was the heavy favorite to win the 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

An aggressive race took shape on the Cote d’Erefe when Charly Mottet launched an attack off the flying peloton.  An eight rider group formed as the final selection was beginning.

In the peloton the chase was fierce.  However, while descending the Houffalize the speeding pack hit an un-marked, un-marshaled road construction site.  50 riders crashed.

7-Eleven’s Davis Phinney was involved in the crash and was forced to start a torrid, solo chase.  He was in the team cars and close to re-connecting with the peloton when a stopped Iso Glass team car caused Phinney to hit face first into the rear window.  Semi-conscious and face bleeding Phinney was loaded into the ambulance.  100 stitches were required to close the wounds. 

On the climb of the La Redoute a 6 rider group was 55 seconds ahead of the peloton.  Only 3 riders, Robert Millar, Adri Van der Poel and Michel Demies, survived over the top of the climb. 

When the leaders entered Liege Van der Poel had the most strength and powered away from the breakaway.  Michel Demies tried but came up short as Dutchman Adri Van der Poel claimed the prestigious victory.

L-B-L April 17, 1988
260 Km

1. Adri VAN DER POEL (Hol) 6h42'02”

2. Michel Dernies (Bel)

3. Robert Millar (GBr)

Starters: 192
Finishers: 68
Average Speed: 38.806 km/h

 

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