It's sad to say that an the Spring classics season is coming to an end. There has been some great racing, and the teams rising to the top indicate that the fight against doping is winning. Let's see all the dopers in baseball and football provide such a great spectacle without the crap they put into their systems. Not much of a chance.
At 261 kilometres, and with 12 côtes, Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a race of attrition, favouring those with the strength to survive the distance and the short but steep climbs including the feared la Redoute and the final climb up the Côte de Saint-Nicolas only a few kilometres from the finish.
The favourites Damiano Cunego, Davide Rebellin, Alejandro Valverde, Frank Schleck, Cadel Evans and Kim Kirchen have all been having great weeks in the Ardennes. Cunego and Evans have both shown the quality to win at Liège. For me it's a toss-up between Cunego and Schleck. There's also some prospects for Canadian fans. Ryder Hesjedal, who's riding for the Argyle Armada, made it to the finale at Flèche Wallonne (thanks to David Millar) before succumbing to a flat. I think he has the potential for top five here if everything goes well.
Final note: Good on the Symmetrics squad for their showing so far at the Tour de Georgia. They've been aggressive and have been a factor in the toughest stages so far. Another indication that doping may be on the ropes in professional cycling. Christian Meier is sitting at 18th overall and 2nd in the Best Young Rider classification.