BikeRaceInfo: Current and historical race results, plus interviews, bikes, travel, and cycling historyBikeRaceInfo: Current and historical race results, plus interviews, bikes, travel, and cycling history
Search our site:
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter

2023 Liège-Bastogne-Liège (World Tour), Belgium

110th edition: Sunday, April 23, 2023

Liège-Bastogne-Liège podium history | 2022 edition | 2024 edition | Course map and profile | Photos | Start list

Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 258.1 km.

He's gone. Here's race winner Remco Evenepoel with about eight kilometers to go on his way to his second consecutive win of the race. Photo: ASO/Maxime Delobel

Tour de France: 2019

Bill and Carol McGann's book The Story of the Tour de France, 2019: A Year of New Faces is available in both Kindle eBook and audiobook versions. To get your copy, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

Weather at the start/finish city of Liège at 2:15 Pm, local time: 16C (60C ), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the south at 16 km/hr (12 mph). During the afternoon there is an 84% chance of rain.

ClimbsThe climbs:

  • Km 69.7: Côte de la Roche-en-Arnenne, 2.8km @ 6.2%
  • Km 120.9: Côte de Saint-Roche, 1km @ 11.2%
  • Km 164.8: Côte de Mont-le-Soie, 1.7km @ 7.9%
  • Km 173.1: Côte de Wanne, 3.6km @ 5.1%
  • Km 179.6: Côte de Stockeu, 1km @ 12.5%
  • Km 183.8: Côte de la Haute Levée, 2.2km @ 7.5%
  • Km 198.1: Col du Rosier, 4.4km @ 5.9%
  • Km 211.4: Côte de Desnié, 1.6km @ 8.1%
  • Km 224.2: Côte de la Redoute, 1.6km @ 9.4%
  • Km 234.8: Côte des Forges, 1.3km @ 7.8%
  • Km 244.8: Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, 1.3km @ 11%

The race: 172 riders began the race at 10:35 AM.

There were three non-staters: Sam Oomen (Jumbo-Visma), Tosh Van Der Sande (Jumbo-Visma) & Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan),

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) abandoned after crashing with Mikkel Honoré (EF Education-EasyPost) and injuring his wrist about 85 kilometers into the race. Honoré also quit the race.

If you are going to race Liège-Bastogne-Liège, you are going to go up. Photo: ASO/Maxime Delobel

Here's the organizer's race summary:

Following his victory on his maiden appearance in La Doyenne last year, current world champion Remco Evenepoel won his second straight Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After a first attack up the Côte de la Redoute, the Belgian rider rode his final rival Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) off his wheel with 30 kilometres to go and powered solo all the way to the Quai des Ardennes.

It’s the fourth time in the race’s history that a world champion seals back-to-back victories, the second one in the rainbow jersey, after Ferdi Kübler (1952), Eddy Merckx (1972) and Moreno Argentin (1987). On top of that, this was Evenepoel’s first triumph in the aforementioned rainbow jersey. Pidcock was 2nd in the finish line, with Bahrain Victorious’ Santiago Buitrago in 3rd to claim Colombia’s first-ever podium in La Doyenne.

On a sad note, the much-anticipated duel between Evenepoel and UAE Team Emirates’ Tadej Pogacar did not take place as the Slovenian rider crashed out 84,5 kilometres into the race and suffered fractures to the left scaphoid and lunate bones.

172 riders took the start at 10:35 in the 109th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which was held over a 258,1-kilometre course from Liège to Bastogne – and back. There were three non-starters: Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan), Sam Oomen and Tosh van der Sande (Jumbo-Visma). Six riders took flight as the flag dropped: Jason Osborne (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Lars Van den Berg (Groupama-FDJ), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarche-Circus-Wanty), Fredrik Dsvernes (Uno-X), Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan) and Johan Meens (Bingoal WB). Shortly after, another five cyclists went clear from the bunch: Mathis Le Berre (Arkea-Samsic), Paul Ourselin (TotalEnergies), Alexandre Balmer (Jayco-AlUla), Ruben Apers (Flanders-Baloise) and Hector Carretero (Equipo Kern Pharma). Both groups merged at kilometer 12 to create a 11-strong breakaway that Soudal-Quick Step and UAE Team Emirates were happy to let go.

Pogacar crashes out before reaching Bastogne
With the breakaway building a gap as large as 4’55” by kilometer 46 and some remarkable headwind, the bunch was seemingly down for a peaceful ride to Bastogne before hitting the hilly way back to Liège’s Quai des Ardennes. Unfortunately, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) crashed out of the race along with Mikkel Honore (EF Education-EasyPost) at kilometer 84,5, leaving La Doyenne without one of his two main favourites. The Slovenian rider suffered a wrist injury as a result of the aforementioned crash.

Breakaway under control
Bora-Hansgrohe and EF Education-EasyPost cooperated with Soudal-Quick Step at controlling the breakaway, which bore a 3’00” advantage with 100 kilometres to go. As the climbs began to add up, the front group was reduced to just five riders – Osborne, Van den Berg, Zimmermann, Velasco and Ourselin. Behind, Jumbo-Visma’s Jan Tratnik powered away from the bunch at the base of the Côte de Wanne (km 173,1), with Groupama-FDJ’s Valentin Madouas and Ineos Grenadiers’ Magnus Sheffield trying to follow him - yet failing. The Slovenian rider bridged back to the break with 65 kilometres to go, by when the peloton had brought the lead of the head of the race down to 1’15” and it began raining over the race convoy.

Evenepoel takes off
Despite several attacks from the likes of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) or Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Soudal-Quick Step kept control of the race, reducing the bunch down to 40 riders by the base of the Côte de la Redoute (km 224,2). It was up this climb that the last two riders remaining at the front, Tratnik and Velasco, were reeled back in. Just 300 meters shy of the summit, Evenepoel took off from his teammate Ilan van Wilder’s wheel. His acceleration was only matched by Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers). With 30 kilometers to go, up the Côte de Cornemont, Evenepoel simply rode Pidcock off his wheel, paving his way for a first victory on the rainbow jersey.

Pidcock, Buitrago and Healy were the best of the rest
The current world champion quickly built a remarkable advantage, clocking a 1’10” gap atop the Côte des Forges (km 234,8). From then on, it was a race for podium between his rivals. Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost) and Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) managed to power away from a 20-strong group during the climb to the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons (km 243,8), while Pidcock joined them shortly after. Evenepoel made it to the finish line with time to savor and celebrate his second straight victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Meanwhile, Pidcock and Buitrago took the best off Healy to earn their podium spots.

find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter See our youtube channel

Melanoma: It started with a freckle Schwab Cycles South Salem Cycleworks frames Neugent Cycling Wheels Peaks Coaching: work with a coach! Shade Vise sunglass holder Advertise with us!


Content continues below the ads

Melanoma: It started with a freckle Schwab Cycles South Salem Cycleworks frames

Complete results:

258.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.206 km/hr

1 REMCO EVENEPOEL SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 6hr 15min 49sec
2 THOMAS PIDCOCK INEOS GRENADIERS @ 1min 6sec
3 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
4 BEN HEALY EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST 1' 08''
5 VALENTIN MADOUAS GROUPAMA-FDJ 1' 24''
6 GUILLAUME MARTIN COFIDIS 1' 25''
7 TIESJ BENOOT JUMBO-VISMA 1' 37''
8 PATRICK KONRAD BORA-HANSGROHE 1' 48''
9 MATTIAS SKJELMOSE TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
10 MARC HIRSCHI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
11 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO DSTNY s.t.
12 MICHAEL WOODS ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
13 GIULIO CICCONE TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
14 PAVEL SIVAKOV INEOS GRENADIERS s.t.
15 ROMAIN BARDET TEAM DSM s.t.
16 ION IZAGUIRRE COFIDIS s.t.
17 LAURENS DE PLUS INEOS GRENADIERS 2' 02''
18 AURÉLIEN PARET PEINTRE AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
19 SIMONE VELASCO ASTANA QAZAQSTAN 2' 13''
20 LORENZO ROTA INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY s.t.
21 MATTEO SOBRERO JAYCO-ALULA s.t.
22 ILAN VAN WILDER SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 2' 21''
23 RUBEN ALMEIDA MOVISTAR TEAM 3' 15''
24 TOBIAS HALLAND JOHANNESSEN UNO-X s.t.
25 JAN TRATNIK JUMBO-VISMA 3' 53''
26 ATTILA VALTER JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
27 KOBE GOOSSENS INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY 4' 09''
28 ALESSANDRO DE MARCHI JAYCO-ALULA s.t.
29 BAUKE MOLLEMA TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
30 STEFF CRAS TOTALENERGIES 6' 07''
31 RUI COSTA INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY s.t.
32 VICTOR LAFAY COFIDIS 6' 50''
33 RUDY MOLARD GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
34 JULIAN MERTENS BINGOAL-WB s.t.
35 SIMON CLARKE ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
36 NICHOLAS SCHULTZ ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
37 SYLVAIN MONIQUET LOTTO DSTNY s.t.
38 MAGNUS SHEFFIELD INEOS GRENADIERS s.t.
39 ROGER ADRIA EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
40 MATEJ MOHORIC BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
41 MICHEL HESSMANN JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
42 WOUTER POELS BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
43 PELLO BILBAO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
44 OMAR FRAILE INEOS GRENADIERS s.t.
45 ESTEBAN CHAVES EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST s.t.
46 ALEKSANDR VLASOV BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
47 DION SMITH INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY s.t.
48 QUINTEN HERMANS ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK s.t.
49 JUAN PEDRO LOPEZ TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
50 BEN O'CONNOR AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
51 PAUL OURSELIN TOTALENERGIES 10' 08''
52 LOUIS VERVAEKE SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 10' 24''
53 KÉVIN GENIETS GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
54 BENOIT COSNEFROY AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
55 QUENTIN PACHER GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
56 GEORG ZIMMERMANN INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY s.t.
57 CLÉMENT BERTHET AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
58 GIOVANNI ALEOTTI BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
59 MADS WÜRTZ SCHMIDT ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH s.t.
60 LARS VAN DEN BERG GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
61 JASON OSBORNE ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 11' 52''
62 MATHIEU BURGAUDEAU TOTALENERGIES 12' 49''
63 HARRISON SWEENY LOTTO DSTNY 13' 15''
64 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X 14' 26''
65 NEILSON POWLESS EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST s.t.
66 ALEXANDRE BALMER JAYCO-ALULA s.t.
67 JONAS GREGAARD UNO-X s.t.
68 MATHIJS PAASSCHENS LOTTO DSTNY s.t.
69 VALENTIN FERRON TOTALENERGIES s.t.
70 GORKA IZAGIRRE MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
71 ALEX ARANBURU MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
72 GONZALO SERRANO MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
73 G LAWSON CRADDOCK JAYCO-ALULA s.t.
74 SIMON GUGLIELMI TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
75 ANTHONY DELAPLACE TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
76 MATTHEW DINHAM TEAM DSM s.t.
77 ALAN JOUSSEAUME TOTALENERGIES s.t.
78 JACOPO MOSCA TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
79 TONY GALLOPIN TREK-SEGAFREDO s.t.
80 LAWRENCE WARBASSE AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
81 MIKAEL CHEREL AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
82 JONATHAN CAICEDO EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST s.t.
83 JAI HINDLEY BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
84 FELIX GROSSSCHARTNER UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
85 PIETER SERRY SOUDAL QUICK-STEP 14' 37''
86 JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE SOUDAL QUICK-STEP s.t.
87 CRISTIAN SCARONI ASTANA QAZAQSTAN 15' 25''
88 FABIO VAN DEN BOSSCHE ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 18' 50''
89 TOBIAS BAYER ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK s.t.
90 ALEXIS GUERIN BINGOAL-WB s.t.
91 REMY MERTZ BINGOAL-WB s.t.
92 KEVIN VERMAERKE TEAM DSM s.t.
93 GIJS LEEMREIZE JUMBO-VISMA s.t.
94 JACOB HINDSGAUL UNO-X s.t.
95 MARCO TIZZA BINGOAL-WB s.t.
96 MATHIS LE BERRE TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
97 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X s.t.
98 ANDREY AMADOR EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST s.t.
99 PAU MIQUEL EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
100 LILIAN CALMEJANE INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY s.t.
101 RAUL GARCIA PIERNA EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
102 JENNO BERCKMOES TEAM FLANDERS-BALOISE s.t.
103 LUCA VAN BOVEN BINGOAL-WB s.t.
104 JOHAN MEENS BINGOAL-WB s.t.
105 TSGABU GRMAY JAYCO-ALULA s.t.
106 JORGE ARCAS MOVISTAR TEAM s.t.
107 CONNOR SWIFT INEOS GRENADIERS s.t.
108 LENNERT TEUGELS BINGOAL-WB s.t.
109 ALEX BAUDIN AG2R-CITROEN s.t.
110 FRANCISCO GALVAN EQUIPO KERN PHARMA s.t.
111 KAMIEL BONNEU TEAM FLANDERS-BALOISE s.t.
112 ANTHONY PEREZ COFIDIS s.t.
113 JOSE HERRADA COFIDIS s.t.

 


Content continues below the ads

Neugent Cycling Wheels Peaks Coaching: work with a coach!

Course map and profile:

2023 course map. Yellow is the route out and red is the way back

2023 course profile

 


Liège-Bastogne-Liège photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team Groupama-FDJ is presented during the opening ceremonies.

Tadej Pogacar & Remco Evenepoel before the start. Sadly, Pogacar crashed out of the race.

A confident-looking Remco Evenepoel heads to the start.

Km 121: Cote de St. Roche

Mauro Schmid leads up the Cote De La Roche

Another shot of the peloton on the Cote de la Roche

Remco Evenepoel getting lots of team protection as they pass through Stavelot.

Julian Alaphilippe working for Evenepoel in Stavelot.

Remco Evenepoel can sit up and enjoys his well-earned victory.

The podium, from left: Santiago Buitrago (3rd), Remco Evenepoel (1st) & Tom Pidcock (2nd).

Winner Remco Evenepoel

Another shot of winner Evenepoel enjoying the awards ceremony.


Content continues below the ads

Shade Vise sunglass holder Advertise with us!

Start list with back numbers, Saturday, April 22, 2023:

SOUDAL QUICK-STEP
1 REMCO EVENEPOEL
2 JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE
3 ANDREA BAGIOLI
4 MAURO SCHMID
5 PIETER SERRY
6 ILAN VAN WILDER
7 LOUIS VERVAEKE
ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK
11 QUINTEN HERMANS
12 TOBIAS BAYER
13 MICHAEL GOGL
14 SØREN KRAGH ANDERSEN
15 JASON OSBORNE
16 ROBERT STANNARD
17 FABIO VAN DEN BOSSCHE
JUMBO-VISMA
21 TIESJ BENOOT
22 MICHEL HEßMANN
23 GIJS LEEMREIZE
24 SAM OOMEN
25 JAN TRATNIK
26 ATTILA VALTER
27 TOSH VAN DER SANDE
INEOS GRENADIERS
31 THOMAS PIDCOCK
32 LAURENS DE PLUS
33 OMAR FRAILE MATARRANZ
34 MICHAL KWIATKOWSKI
35 MAGNUS SHEFFIELD
36 PAVEL SIVAKOV
37 CONNOR SWIFT
LOTTO DSTNY
41 MAXIM VAN GILS
42 ANDREAS LORENTZ KRON
43 ARJEN LIVYNS
44 SYLVAIN MONIQUET
45 MATHIJS PAASSCHENS
46 LIAM SLOCK
47 HARRISON SWEENY
BORA - HANSGROHE
51 ALEKSANDR VLASOV
52 GIOVANNI ALEOTTI
53 PATRICK GAMPER
54 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA
55 JAI HINDLEY
56 PATRICK KONRAD
57 IDE SCHELLING
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
61 MIKEL LANDA MEANA
62 YUKIYA ARASHIRO
63 PELLO BILBAO
64 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO
65 FRAN MIHOLJEVIĆ
66 MATEJ MOHORIC
67 WOUTER POELS
MOVISTAR TEAM
71 ENRIC MAS NICOLAU
72 RUBEN ALMEIDA GUERREIRO
73 ALEX ARANBURU DEBA
74 JORGE ARCAS
75 GORKA IZAGIRRE
76 JOSÉ ROJAS
77 GONZALO SERRANO
EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST
81 BEN HEALY
82 ANDREY AMADOR
83 JONATHAN CAICEDO
84 JHOAN ESTEBAN CHAVES RUBIO
85 FRØLICH MIKKEL HONORÉ
86 ANDREA PICCOLO
87 NEILSON POWLESS
UAE TEAM EMIRATES
91 TADEJ POGAČAR
92 SJOERD BAX
93 GEORGE BENNETT
94 FELIX GROSSSCHARTNER
95 MARC HIRSCHI
96 VEGARD STAKE LAENGEN
97 MICHAEL VINK
ISRAEL-PREMIER TECH
101 MICHAEL WOODS
102 GUILLAUME BOIVIN
103 SIMON CLARKE
104 DARYL IMPEY
105 KRISTS NEILANDS
106 MADS WÜRTZ SCHMIDT
107 NICHOLAS SCHULTZ
TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC
111 WARREN BARGUIL
112 LOUIS BARRE
113 ANTHONY DELAPLACE
114 SIMON GUGLIELMI
115 MATHIS LE BERRE
116 LUKASZ OWSIAN
117 ANDRII PONOMAR
GROUPAMA-FDJ
121 DAVID GAUDU
122 KÉVIN GENIETS
123 MATTHIEU LADAGNOUS
124 VALENTIN MADOUAS
125 RUDY MOLARD
126 QUENTIN PACHER
127 LARS VAN DEN BERG
TOTALENERGIES
131 STEFF CRAS
132 MATHIEU BURGAUDEAU
133 VALENTIN FERRON
134 FABIEN GRELLIER
135 ALAN JOUSSEAUME
136 PAUL OURSELIN
137 MATTEO VERCHER
AG2R-CITROEN TEAM
141 BENOIT COSNEFROY
142 ALEX BAUDIN
143 CLÉMENT BERTHET
144 MIKAEL CHEREL
145 BEN O'CONNOR
146 AURÉLIEN PARET PEINTRE
147 LAWRENCE WARBASSE
TEAM DSM
151 ROMAIN BARDET
152 ROMAIN COMBAUD
153 MATTHEW DINHAM
154 SEAN FLYNN
155 LEON HEINSCHKE
156 MARTIJN TUSVELD
157 KEVIN VERMAERKE
INTERMARCHÉ-CIRCUS-WANTY
161 LORENZO ROTA
162 LILIAN CALMEJANE
163 RUI COSTA
164 KOBE GOOSSENS
165 TOM PAQUOT
166 DION SMITH
167 GEORG ZIMMERMANN
COFIDIS
171 ION IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI
172 SIMON GESCHKE
173 JOSE HERRADA
174 JESUS HERRADA
175 VICTOR LAFAY
176 GUILLAUME MARTIN
177 ANTHONY PEREZ
UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM
181 TOBIAS HALLAND JOHANNESSEN
182 ANTHON CHARMIG
183 FREDRIK DVERSNES
184 ANDERS HALLAND JOHANNESSEN
185 HINDSGAUL JACOB MADSEN
186 TORSTEIN TRÆEN
187 GREGAARD JONAS WILSLY
TREK-SEGAFREDO
191 GIULIO CICCONE
192 JULIEN BERNARD
193 TONY GALLOPIN
194 SKJELMOSE MATTIAS JENSEN
195 JUAN PEDRO LOPEZ PEREZ
196 BAUKE MOLLEMA
197 JACOPO MOSCA
ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM
201 ALEXEY LUTSENKO
202 LEONARDO BASSO
203 SAMUELE BATTISTELLA
204 DAVID DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO
205 ALEKSANDR RIABUSHENKO
206 CRISTIAN SCARONI
207 SIMONE VELASCO
BINGOAL-WB
211 LENNERT TEUGELS
212 ALEXIS GUERIN
213 JOHAN MEENS
214 JULIAN MERTENS
215 REMY MERTZ
216 MARCO TIZZA
217 LUCA VAN BOVEN
TEAM JAYCO ALULA
221 MATTEO SOBRERO
222 ALEXANDRE BALMER
223 KEVIN COLLEONI
224 G LAWSON CRADDOCK
225 ALESSANDRO DE MARCHI
226 TSGABU GRMAY
227 JAN MAAS
TEAM FLANDERS-BALOISE
231 JENNO BERCKMOES
232 RUBEN APERS
233 KAMIEL BONNEU
234 VITO BRAET
235 TOON CLYNHENS
236 ELIAS MARIS
237 VINCENT VAN HEMELEN
EQUIPO KERN PHARMA
241 ROGER ADRIA OLIVERAS
242 HECTOR CARRETERO
243 FRANCISCO GALVAN FERNANDEZ
244 RAUL GARCIA PIERNA
245 PAU MIQUEL DELGADO
246 IBON RUIZ SEDANO
247 DANNY VAN DER TUUK