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41st Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1955 (Belgium)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

Ockers Wins "Le Weekend Ardennais"

Belgian superstar Stan Ockers won the 1955 "Le Weekend Ardennais" first accomplished by Ferdi Kubler two years earlier. The Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory came with a minor controversy. Having won Le Fleche Wallone the day before L-B-L Ockers agreed to let teammate and "Liege eternal second" Raymond Impanis win his first L-B-L. After a series of attacks the teammates broke clear with Impanis leading into the last km. Disregarding the agreement Ockers sprinted past his teammate to take the L-B-L victory and complete the Ardennes double.

L-B-L May 1, 1955
238 Km

1. Stan Ockers (Bel) 6h50'58"

2. Raymond Impanis (Bel)

3. Jean Brankart (Bel) +44"

Starters: 116
Finishers: 35
Average Speed: 34.750 km/h

Fleche Wallone April 30, 1955
220 Km [ Charleroi to Liege ]

1. Stan OCKERS (Bel) 6h12'20" *

2. Alphonse Vandenbrande (Bel) +2'46"

3. Stanislas Bober (Fra)

Starters: 119
Finishers: 59
Average Speed: 35.450 km/h

L-B-L 1954

L-B-L 1956

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