Jalabert and Schleck ride Liege-Bastogne-Leige Challenge with 8,000 cyclists
More than 8,000 cyclists participated in the 8th edition last Saturday in a sunny Liège. No less than 56 nationalities took to the roads of La Doyenne the day before the Pros
They were more than 8,000 cyclists for this year's sunny edition, represented by 56 nationalities. Among them, Koreans, New Zealanders, Japanese and Americans.
Two former pros, French Laurent Jalabert and Luxembourger Fränk Schleck who was on the LBL podium 3 times in his career in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
The duo had opted for the average distance of 154 kilometers, ridden by 4,300 participants.
The bravest, 2,500 enthusiasts, preferred the total distance ahead of the pros, of a whopping 274 kilometers. They were able to taste the two coasts that appeared on the course in 2018, namely the coast of Bonnerue and that of Mont-le-Soie .
Anxious to draw a parallel with Sunday's professional race, the organization didn't hesitate to organize a shuttle service to allow those wishing to attend Place Saint-Lambert for the official professional team presentations.
Additionally, some of those were at the front arrival of the pros on the finish line.
What end a weekend in beauty in the Principality!