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"Sunday will be the final race of the classics, so I'm motivated to finish on a high. We have a strong team here and if we ride to our strengths we are capable of targeting a top 10 result again." 

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23.04.2016 @ 10:59 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

After a top 10 finish in Fleche Wallonne, Giant-Alpecin leader Warren Barguil targets another top result in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.


Liège-Bastogne-Liège marks the final race of the spring classics and it is the final WorldTour one-day race before the Grand Tours get started. The parcours is 253km long and is considered as one of the most arduous with the riders tackling 10 steep climbs, including the legendary Redoute with an average gradient of 8.4%.


Warren Barguil, teammate Simon Geschke and coach Aike Visbeek outlined their goals for the race.


Warren Barguil (FRA)

"I had good legs at La Flèche Wallonne and I hope for the same on Sunday. The parcours is tough with the short, steep climbs, but I am feeling confident and in good shape at the moment.

"Sunday will be the final race of the classics, so I'm motivated to finish on a high. We have a strong team here and if we ride to our strengths we are capable of targeting a top 10 result again." 


Simon Geschke (GER)

"The weather forecast has predicted rain for Sunday and that could have a big impact on the race. I expect the race to be similar to the previous years, but they have added a new cobblestone section and that will make it a lot harder in the last 10km. The goal is to support Warren and to enable him to get in the finale as fresh as possible.

"I had a good performance at the Amstel Gold Race but at La Flèche Wallonne it wasn't great. After a period of injury and sickness, which affected my preparations, it was to be expected. I have to accept it and hopefully we can finish with a strong performance on Sunday."


Aike Visbeek (NED)
"Warren is our leader and we will aim to achieve a top 10 result. He is riding very well at the moment and will have strong support from the rest of the team in getting him in position for the key climbs and keeping him out of trouble.

"We performed a recon on Thursday of the last 100km in good weather conditions, which was nice to just refresh the memory. We were already recovered from La Flèche Wallonne and the team spirit was good ahead of Sunday. 

"The penultimate climb, new to the route, will make things interesting and should make sure the peloton is getting decimated towards the uphill finish. It's going to be a tough one, but I think the parcours will make it an open race."



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