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54th Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1968 (Belgium)

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

Liege-Bastogne-Liege 1968

Defending Champion Walter Godefroot, winner of the 1968 Flanders, returned as the pre-race favorite. Young Eddy Merckx, winner of the 1968 Paris-Roubaix, skipped Liege-Bastogne-Liege to focus on the Giro d’Italia. The resolution of the 1967 L-B-L debate would have to wait.

The final breakaway came down to a 9 rider group, which included most of the race favorites. Onto the track Jacques Anquetil led arch-rival Raymond Poulidor to the wheel of a solo Godefroot as the sprint opened up. An attentive young Belgian Valere van Sweevelt burst off the wheel and gained the BIGGEST victory of his career!!!

L-B-L April 28, 1968
268 Km

1. Valère VAN SWEEVELT (Bel) 7h22'00"

2. Walter Godefroot (Bel)

3. Raymond Poulidor (Fra)

Starters: 140
Finishers: 48
Average Speed: 36.380 km/h

L-B-L 1967

L-B-L 1969

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