Before you decide to bet on Liége-Bastogne-Liége, let’s travel back in time! The year is 1892. A soft Belgium breeze drifts past the lazy afternoon heat. Over 30 riders began the race. Of those riders, only 17 made it to the finish, most taking over 5 hours to complete the monument. Thus began the annual testament to all cycling achievements.
A Monument Of European
Liége-Bastogne-Liége (or The Old Lady) is the oldest and arguably the most challenging of all the European cycling monuments. It is a test of not only physical stamina but complete mental control with some hills (Côte de la Redoute for instance) reaching 2.1km with some of its slopes hitting a massive 20% gradient. Even runners up of this race are awarded respect and admiration amongst the cycling community.
Why Bet On Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2018
Even from the beginning of the event, multiple winners are not unusual with around a quarter of the victors having won the race at least twice. This makes betting on the Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2018 far less of a gamble than other European races. Internet Sportsbook Sites in Belgium cite this race relatively predictable based on its trailing nature alone.
The usual suspects
The three contenders to watch are Daniel Martin (11.00), Alejandro Valverde (2.75) and Julian Alaphilippe (7.50). Martin has won once before however last year he was robbed of victory by less than a second to his rival Alejandro Valverde. This year they compete again however Valverde has an additional 6 years of age to Martins 31 putting Valverde on the back foot. Amongst his sporting achievements Valverde has been in the media spotlight for a two year suspension over a doping case. Finally we have Alaphilippe. He is the youngest of the three and with no wins of classic races to his name; his age is of further assumption that he will not possess the stamina to take this race.
Oh Danny Boy
The Irishman, Martin, turned down the opportunity to represent Team Sky, instead joining UAE Team Emirates. He has all the cards in his hands to win this year’s race and fundamentally the determination. With Online Gambling Sites such as Bet365 Sporstbook offering Daniel Martin’s odds at (11.00) to win, it would be foolish not to bet on Liége-Bastogne-Liége.