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34th Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1948 (Belgium)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

Mollin's Perectly Timed Sprint!!!

The longtime promoter of Liege-Bastogne-Liege Pesant Club Liégeois took a major step in the development of the race. They added Les Sport to their management team. Les Sport's influence attracted Italian champion Fausto Coppi. Huge crowds came to Liege to see the 'Il Campionissimo'.

A five rider breakaway came into the finish in Liege with two prominent Frenchman, Louis Caput and Camille Danguillaume, controlling the race. Caput led out the sprint, Danguillaume punctured, 1947 runner-up Raymond Impanis grabbed the frenchman's wheel and looked to be in perfect position for the win. But Mercier–Hutchinson's Maurice Mollin timed the final surge to perfection and flew past Caput and Impanis for the victory.

L-B-L May 2, 1948
213 Km

1. Maurice MOLLIN (Bel) 5h52'00”

2. Raymond Impanis (Bel)

3. Louis Caput (Fra)

Starters: 92
Finishers: 40
Average Speed: 36.310 km/h

L-B-L 1947

L-B-L 1949

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