Riders to Look Out for at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2024

Liège-Bastogne-Liège, affectionately known as “La Doyenne” due to its status as the oldest of the cycling classics, is a formidable challenge characterised by relentless climbs and strategic depth. With iconic ascents like La Redoute and Roche-aux-Faucons, Liège-Bastogne-Liège tests the riders’ endurance and tactical savvy. Legends such as, the 5-time winner Eddy Merckx, 4-time winners Moreno Argentin and Alejandro Valverde and more recently Tadej Pogacar, who won in 2021, have triumphed here, making it a race where true men’s cycling greats are made. As we approach the 2024 edition, let’s explore five riders whose recent performances and historical success suggest they could make a significant impact.

Tadej Pogacar

Tadej Pogacar, the 2021 winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, returns to the race with high expectations after a season highlighted by victories at Strade Bianche and Volta Catalunya in 2024. Although he did not finish last year’s edition, his current form and previous success on this course indicate he is a prime contender. Pogacar’s remarkable climbing ability and resilience, combined with his recent wins in other challenging races, position him well to tackle the demanding climbs and strategic demands of Liège.

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Tom Pidcock

Tom Pidcock, coming off a recent victory at the Amstel Gold Race, is in excellent form as he approaches Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where he finished second last season. His proven capability on similar terrain and his knack for timing his efforts effectively make him a formidable contender this year. Pidcock’s all-around skill set, including strong climbing and strategic race execution, suggests he could very well improve on his impressive result from the previous year and possibly vie for the top step on the podium.

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David Gaudu

David Gaudu, who secured third place in the 2021 edition of this race, has shown he’s in top form this season with a recent victory at the Tour de Jura (1.1). His consistency in performing well in tough races, combined with his exceptional climbing skills, makes him a strong candidate to contend for a top spot at Liège-Bastogne-Liège once again. Gaudu’s ability to handle the race’s late climbs could be crucial in his quest for another podium finish or better.

Marc Hirschi

Marc Hirschi has a track record of success at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, with a second-place finish in 2020 and consistent top-10 placements in subsequent editions. His aggressive racing style and strong performance on steep climbs align well with the race’s profile. Hirschi’s experience and proven ability on this course set him up as a serious contender, potentially ready to challenge for the win and add another top result to his Liège-Bastogne-Liège achievements.

Benoit Cosnefroy

Benoit Cosnefroy

Benoit Cosnefroy, coming into Liège-Bastogne-Liège with momentum from a win at Brabantse Pijl and a fourth-place finish at Fleche Wallonne this season, is showing signs of top form. Despite his best previous result at this race being only 18th, his current season’s performances indicate he is ready to significantly improve on that. Cosnefroy’s strength on hilly courses and recent results in the Ardennes classics suggest he could be a surprise package in this year’s race, challenging for a career-best finish.