Liège-Bastogne-Liège Past Winners and Records

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2022 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Route Profile
2022 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Route Profile

Liège-Bastogne-Liège is one of the most prestigious road cycling races in Belgium. Nicknamed La Doyenne, or The Old Lady, it’s held annually in Belgium and is the oldest of the five Monuments of professional cycling.

First held in 1892, Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place in late April after the Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, and before Giro di Lombardia.

In 2023, Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be held on Sunday, 23rd April 2023.

The distance of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2022 was 257.1km (159.7mi). The distance slightly varies each year due to minor course changes but generally remains between 250km (155.3mi) and 260km (161.6mi).

Liège-Bastogne-Liège route

2022 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Route Map

Liège-Bastogne-Liège starts and finishes in the Belgian town of Liège, near the Dutch and German borders. The race goes south towards Bastogne (100km, 62mi) and turns back north and towards Liège.

The route includes many steep climbs that come in quick succession. This makes it hard for the riders to recover for the next climb.

The longest Liège-Bastogne-Liège was in 1998 at 268.5km (166.8mi). The shortest Liège-Bastogne-Liège was in 1946 at 205km (127.4mi).

Past Liège-Bastogne-Liège winners

2022 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Winner Remco Evenepoel
2022 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Winner, Remco Evenepoel

The winner of the 2022 Liège-Bastogne-Liège was Remco Evenepoel. He would go on to win the Vuelta Espana and Road World Championship later in 2022.

Eddy Merckx holds the record with the most Liège-Bastogne-Liège wins with five (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975), followed by Moreno Argentin (1985, 1986, 1987, 1991) and Alejandro Valverde (2006, 2008, 2015, 2017).

Frans Schoubben and Germain Derycke shared the win in 1957.

The table below lists all the past Liège-Bastogne-Liège winners and their winning times.

YearWinnerWinning time
1892Léon Houa10hr 48′ 36″
1893Léon Houa10hr 42′
1894Léon Houa8hr 52′ 5″
1908André Trousselier8hr 12′ 9″
1909Victor Fastre8hr 21′
1911Joseph Van Daele8hr 10′ 22″
1912Omer Verschoore8hr 35′
1913Maurice Moritz7hr 23′
1919Léon Devos9hr 20′ 30″
1920Léon Scieur7hr 46′
1921Louis Mottiat7hr 23′
1922Louis Mottiat7hr 27′ 30″
1923René Vermandel7hr 25′ 15″
1924René Vermandel8hr 14′
1925Georges Ronsse7hr 52′
1926Dieudonné Smets7hr 48′ 30″
1927Maurits Raes8hr 15′ 39″
1928Ernest Mottard7hr 17′
1929Alfons Schepers8hr 45′ 25″
1930Herman Buse8hr 25′
1931Alfons Schepers7hr 23′ 26″
1932Marcel Houyoux6hr 32′ 2″
1933François Gardier6hr 5′ 24″
1934Theo Herckenrath6hr 1′ 30″
1935Alfons Schepers6hr 37′ 18″
1936Albert Beckaert5hr 51′
1937Eloi Meulenberg5hr 49′ 30″
1938Alfons Deloor5hr 41′ 41″
1939Albert Ritserveldt5hr 39′
1943Richard Depoorter5hr 52′
1945Jean Engels6hr 21′ 11″
1946Prosper Depredomme6hr 2′ 50″
1947Richard Depoorter6hr 28′
1948Maurice Mollin5hr 52′
1949Camille Danguillaume6hr 57′ 40″
1950Prosper Depredomme7hr 25′ 25″
1951Ferdy Kübler5hr 41′ 1″
1952Ferdy Kübler6hr 28′ 8″
1953Alois De Hertog6hr 53′ 51″
1954Marcel Enzer6hr 56′ 16″
1955Stan Ockers6hr 50′ 58″
1956Fred De Bruyne7hr 3′ 45″
1957Frans Schoubben & Germain Derycke7hr 24′ 56″
1958Fred De Bruyne6hr 56′
1959Fred De Bruyne6hr 45′ 30″
1960Albertus Geldermans6hr 40′ 23″
1961Rik Van Looy6hr 44′ 34″
1962Joseph Planckaert6hr 55′ 56″
1963Frans Melckenbeek6hr 22′ 28″
1964Willy Blocklant7hr 6′ 9″
1965Carmine Preziosi7hr 1′ 4″
1966Jacques Anquetil6hr 59′ 45″
1967Walter Godefroot7hr 7′
1968Valère van Sweefelt7hr 22′
1969Eddy Merckx6hr 50′
1970Roger De Vlaeminck7hr 2′
1971Eddy Merckx6hr 57′
1972Eddy Merckx6hr 33′
1973Eddy Merckx6hr 13′ 55″
1974Georges Pintens6hr 23′
1975Eddy Merckx6hr 27′
1976Joseph Bruyère6hr 31′
1977Bernard Hinault6hr 28′
1978Joseph Bruyère6hr 37′ 42″
1979Didi Thurau6hr 35′
1980Bernard Hinault7hr 1′ 42″
1981Josef Fuchs6hr 54′
1982Silvano Contini6hr 56′
1983Steven Rooks6hr 44′ 12″
1984Sean Kelly6hr 47′ 31″
1985Moreno Argentin6hr 37′
1986Moreno Argentin6hr 41′ 21″
1987Moreno Argentin6hr 40′
1988Adri Van der Poel6hr 42′
1989Sean Kelly7hr 23′ 40″
1990Eric Van Lancker7hr 10′
1991Moreno Argentin7hr 15′
1992Dirk de Wolf7hr 18′ 6″
1993Rolf Sørensen7hr 14′ 8″
1994Evgeni Berzin7hr 16′ 30″
1995Mauro Gianetti6hr 38′ 25″
1996Pascal Richard6hr 58′ 2″
1997Michele Bartoli7hr 19′ 28″
1998Michele Bartoli6hr 37′ 29″
1999Frank Vandenbroucke6hr 25′ 36″
2000Paolo Bettini6hr 28′ 32″
2001Oscar Camenzind6hr 42′ 38″
2002Paolo Bettini6hr 39′ 44″
2003Tyler Hamilton6hr 28′ 50″
2004Davide Rebellin6hr 20′ 9″
2005Alexandre Vinokourov6hr 29′ 9″
2006Alejandro Valverde6hr 21′ 32″
2007Danilo Di Luca6hr 37′ 24″
2008Alejandro Valverde6hr 44′ 4″
2009Andy Schleck6hr 34′ 32″
2010Alexandre Vinokourov6hr 37′ 48″
2011Philippe Gilbert6hr 13′ 18″
2012Maxim Iglinskiy6hr 43′ 52″
2013Daniel Martin6hr 38′ 7″
2014Simon Gerrans6hr 37′ 43″
2015Alejandro Valverde6hr 14′ 20″
2016Wouter Poels6hr 24′ 29″
2017Alejandro Valverde6hr 24′ 27″
2018Bob Jungels6hr 24′ 44″
2019Jakob Fuglsang6hr 37′ 37″
2020Primoz Roglic6hr 32′ 2″
2021Tadej Pogacar6hr 39′ 26″
2022Remco Evenepoel6hr 12′ 38″

Biggest winning margin at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Léon Houa holds the biggest winning margin. He won by 30 minutes in 1893, and 22 minutes in 1892.

Since 2000, the biggest winning margin was 1′ 17″ by Andy Schleck, with Joaquin Rodriguez taking second place.

The table below shows the 10 biggest winning margins at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

YearWinnerWinning timeWinning marginSecond place
1893Léon Houa10hr 42′30′Michel Borisowski
1892Léon Houa10hr 48′ 36″22′Léon Lhoest
1928Ernest Mottard7hr 17′12′Maurice Raes
1980Bernard Hinault7hr 1′ 42″9′ 24′”Hennie Kuiper
1894Léon Houa8hr 52′ 5″7′Louis Rasquinet
1953Alois De Hertog6hr 53′ 51″5′ 3′”Marcel Diot
1966Jacques Anquetil
6hr 59min 45sec
6hr 59′ 45″4′ 53′”Victor Van Schil
1976Joseph Bruyère6hr 31′4′ 40′”Freddy Maertens
1972Eddy Merckx6hr 33′2′ 40″Willy Schepers
1954Marcel Enzer6hr 56′ 16″2′ 40′”Raymond Impanis
1933François Gardier6hr 5′ 24″2′ 16′”Roger Dewolf
1960Albertus Geldermans6hr 40′ 23″2′ 1′”Pierre Everaert

Fastest Liège-Bastogne-Liège average speed

The fastest Liège-Bastogne-Liège was in 2022, won by Remco Evenepoel with an average speed of 41.397/h (25.723mph).

YearWinnerWinning timeAvg. speed (km/h)
2022Remco Evenepoel6hr 12′ 38″41.397
2006Alejandro Valverde6hr 21′ 32″41.202
1999Frank Vandenbroucke6hr 25′ 36″41.079
2011Philippe Gilbert6hr 13′ 18″41.066
2004Davide Rebellin6hr 20′ 9″40.878
2000Paolo Bettini6hr 28′ 32″40.768
2015Alejandro Valverde6hr 14′ 20″40.552
2018Bob Jungels6hr 24′ 44″40.314
2017Alejandro Valverde6hr 24′ 27″40.265
2005Alexandre Vinokourov6hr 29′ 9″40.087

Slowest Liège-Bastogne-Liège average speed

The slowest Liège-Bastogne-Liège was in 1892, by Léon Houa, who won with an average speed of 23.32km/h (14.49mph).

YearWinnerWinning timeAvg. speed (km/h)
1892Léon Houa10hr 48′ 36″23.32
1893Léon Houa10hr 42′23.36
1894Léon Houa8hr 52′ 5″25.15
1919Léon Devos9hr 20′ 30″25.37
1929Alfons Schepers8hr 45′ 25″26.28
1922Louis Mottiat7hr 27′ 30″26.87
1930Herman Buse8hr 25′27.45
1927Maurits Raes8hr 15′ 39″27.96
1909Victor Fastre8hr 21′28.14
1921Louis Mottiat7hr 23′28.31