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83rd Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1997 (Belgium)

 
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 

Bartoli Defeats the World #1

Italian Michele Bartoli won the 1997 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic ahead of the World’s #1 ranked rider Laurent Jalabert (Fra).

Bartoli joined the winning breakaway when two ONCE teammates Jalabert and Alex Zulle (Sui) attacked with 40 kms to go.  Faced with a finish against two teammates the Italian worked to keep the tempo high on the final 4 km climb to the finish in Ans.  Zulle surrendered to the pace and dropped off the leaders.  

As the 2 leaders went under the 1 km banner Bartoli tested Jalabert’s fading strength.  With 200 meters to the finish line Bartoli's final attack put Jalabert in trouble and he could not respond to the move. 

Michele Bartoli’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory was the most important of his career.

L-B-L April 20, 1997
262 Km

1. Michele BARTOLI (Ita) 7h09’45”

2. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) +8”

3. Gabriele Colombo (Ita)

Starters: 188
Finishers: 112
Average Speed: 36.582 km/h

 

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