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76th Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1990 (Belgium)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

An Easter Sunday Surprise

Pre-race speculation had Fleche-Wallone winner Moreno Argintin, a three time L-B-L winner at the head of the list of favorites.  Along with Argentin Panasonic’s two superstars Gert-Jan Theunisse and Steven Rooks were looking for the prestigious victory. 

A 196 riders left the Place du Parc in Liege on a cold Easter Sunday.  An Ardennes torrential rain with a bit of snow and sleet hit the riders on the way to Bastogne.  No riders attacked until the special sprint in Bastogne, when three riders, Dimitri Konyshev, Francois Bernard, and Henri Abadie, escaped with 133 kms and eight brutal climbs to go.

The breakaway gained over six minutes on the Stavelot.  The tempo of the peloton began to increase and the tiring breakaway started the crack.  By the La Redoute Bernard was alone and fading.  When the peloton hit the climb Gert-Jan Theunisse split the group and established an eleven riders breakaway.  Seemingly out of contention another group of eight formed and caught the leaders on the next to last climb, the Cote de Fraiture

The descent of the Fraiture feature numerous attacks until Panasonic’s Eric Van Lancker escaped.  On the final climb, the Cote des Forges, Van Lancker held a slim 15 second lead over Jean- Claude Leclerq and Panasonic teammate Steven Rooks. 

Van Lancker never faltered and rode solo into Liege to gain a victory in one of cycling’s monuments, the 1990 Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

L-B-L April 15, 1990
256 Km

1. Eric VAN LANCKER (Bel) 7h10'05”

2. Jean-Claude Leclercq (Fra) +34"

3. Steven Rooks (Hol)

Starters: 196
Finishers: 136
Average Speed: 35.560 km/h

 

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