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Roman Kreuziger jetting to Liège-Bastogne-Liège to ride in support of Alexandre Vinokourov

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Apr. 20, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM EDT
Richard Depoorter won Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 1943 and 1947.

Vinokourov won at Liège in 2010 and 2005 | AFP Photo

HUY, Belgium (VN) – Alexander Vinokourov will have a full arsenal at his disposal in his bid for a third Liège-Bastogne-Liège title Sunday. Roman Kreuziger will join his Astana teammates Saturday evening in Liège after the Giro del Trentino wraps up earlier in the day in Italy.

In a release, the team said that, “co-leader Roman Kreuziger will join the team to support Alexandre Vinokourov.”

Then riding for Liquigas, Kreuziger finished 51st in last year’s edition of La Doyenne, 6:08 behind Vinokourov.

The win was Vinokourov’s second, and victory this year would bring him on par with three-time winners Léon Houa (1892, 93, 94), Alfons Schepers (1929, 31, 35) and Fred de Buyne (1956, 58, 59). Only Eddy Merckx with five (1969, 71, 72, 73, 75) and Moreno Argentin with four (1985, 86, 87, 91) have more victories at the oldest classic of them all.

Astana for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

• Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ)
• Rémy Di Gregoria (FRA)
• Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ)
• Andriy Grivko (UKR)
• Enrico Gasporatto (ITA)
• Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ)
• Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE)
• Roman Kreuziger (CZE)
Sport Manager: Laurenzo Lapage

Past winners of Liège–Bastogne–Liège

  • 1892 – Léon Houa (B)
  • 1893 – Léon Houa (B)
  • 1894 – Léon Houa (B)
  • 1895 to 1907 – No race
  • 1908 – André Trousselier (F)
  • 1909 – Victor Fastre (B)
  • 1910 – No race
  • 1911 – Joseph Van Daele (B)
  • 1912 – Omer Verschoore (B)
  • 1913 – Maurits Moritz (B)
  • 1914 to 1918 – No race
  • 1919 – Leon Devos (B)
  • 1920 – Léon Scieur (B), La Sportive
  • 1921 – Louis Mottiat (B), La Sportive
  • 1922 – Louis Mottiat (B), Alcyon
  • 1923 – René Vermandel (B), Alcyon
  • 1924 – René Vermandel (B), Alcyon
  • 1925 – Georges Ronsse (B)
  • 1926 – Dieudonné Smets (B)
  • 1927 – Maurice Raes (B)
  • 1928 – Ernest Mottard (B)
  • 1929 – Alfons Schepers (B)
  • 1930 – Hermann Buse (G), Dukopp
  • 1931 – Alfons Schepers (B), La Francaise
  • 1932 – Marcel Houyoux (B)
  • 1933 – François Gardier (B), Cycles De Pas
  • 1934 – Theo Herckenrath (B), La Francaise
  • 1935 – Alfons Schepers (B), Dilecgta
  • 1936 – Albert Beckaert (B), Alcyon
  • 1937 – Eloi Meulenberg (B), Alcyon
  • 1938 – Alfons Deloor (B), Helyett
  • 1939 – Albert Ritserveldt (B), Dilecta-De Dion
  • 1940 to 1942 – No race
  • 1943 – Richard Depoorter (B), Helyett

    Richard Depoorter won Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 1943 and 1947.

  • 1944 – No race
  • 1945 – Jean Engels (B), Alcyon
  • 1946 – Prosper Depredomme (B), Dilecta-Wolber-Garin
  • 1947 – Richard Depoorter (B), Garin-Wolber
  • 1948 – Maurice Mollin (B), Mercier-Hutchinson
  • 1949 – Camille Danguillaume (F), Peugeot-Dunlop
  • 1950 – Prosper Depredomme (B), Girardengo-Garin
  • 1951 – Ferdinand Kübler (Swi), Frejus-Fiorelli-Tebag
  • 1952 – Ferdinand Kübler (Swi), Frejus-Tebag
  • 1953 – Alois De Hertog (B), Alcyon-Dunlop
  • 1954 – Marcel Ernzer (Lux), Terrot-Hutchinson
  • 1955 – Stan Ockers (B), Elvé-Peugeot
  • 1956 – Fred De Bruyne (B), Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
  • 1957 – Frans Schoubben (B) Elvé-Peugeot and Germain Derycke (B), Faema-Guerra
  • 1958 – Fred De Bruyne (B), Carpano
  • 1959 – Fred De Bruyne (B), Carpano
  • 1960 – Albertus Geldermans (Nl), St.Raphael
  • 1961 – Rik Van Looy (B), Faema
  • 1962 – Jef Planckaert (B), Flandria-Faema-Clement
  • 1963 – Frans Melckenbeeck (B), Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
  • 1964 – Willy Blocklandt (B), Flandria-Romero
  • 1965 – Carmine Preziosi (I), Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune
  • 1966 – Jacques Anquetil (F), Ford Hutchinson
  • 1967 – Walter Godefroot (B), Flandria-De Clerck
  • 1968 – Walter Van Sweefelt (B), Smiths
  • 1969 – Eddy Merckx (B), Faema
  • 1970 – Roger De Vlaeminck (B), Flandria-Mars
  • 1971 – Eddy Merckx (B), Molteni
  • 1972 – Eddy Merckx (B), Molteni
  • 1973 – Eddy Merckx (B), Molteni
  • 1974 – Georges Pintens (B), Mic-De Gribaldy-Ludo
  • 1975 – Eddy Merckx (B), Molteni-Campagnolo
  • 1976 – Joseph Bruyère (B), Molteni-Campagnolo
  • 1977 – Bernard Hinault (F), Gitane-Campagnolo
  • 1978 – Joseph Bruyère (B), C&A
  • 1979 – Dietrich Thurau (G), Ijosboerke-Warncke Eis
  • 1980 – Bernard Hinault (F), Renault-Elf-Gitane
  • 1981 – Josef Fuchs (Swi), Cilo-Aufina
  • 1982 – Silvano Contini (I), Bianchi-Poggio
  • 1983 – Steven Rooks (Nl), SEM-France Loire
  • 1984 – Sean Kelly (Irl), Skil-SEM-Reydell
  • 1985 – Moreno Argentin (I), Sammontana-Bianchi
  • 1986 – Moreno Argentin (I), Sammontana-Bianchi
  • 1987 – Moreno Argentin (I), Gewiss-Bianchi
  • 1988 – Adri van der Poel (Nl), PDM-Concorde
  • 1989 – Sean Kelly (Irl), PDM-Concorde
  • 1990 – Eric Van Lancker (B), Panasonic-Sportlife
  • 1991 – Moreno Argentin (I), Ariostea
  • 1992 – Dirk De Wolf (B), Gatorade-Chateaux D’ax
  • 1993 – Rolf Sørensen (Dk), Carrera Jeans-Tassoni
  • 1994 – Eugeni Berzin (Rus), Gewiss-Ballan
  • 1995 – Mauro Gianetti (Swi), Polti
  • 1996 – Pascal Richard (Swi), MG Maglificio-Technogym
  • 1997 – Michele Bartoli (I), MG Maglificio-Technogym
  • 1998 – Michele Bartoli (I), Asics
  • 1999 – Frank Vandenbroucke (B), Cofidis
  • 2000 – Paolo Bettini (I), Mapei-Quickstep
  • 2001 – Oscar Camenzind (Swi), Lampre-Daikin
  • 2002 – Paolo Bettini (I), Mapei-Quickstep
  • 2003 – Tyler Hamilton (USA), CSC
  • 2004 – Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner
  • 2005 – Alexandre Vinokourov (Kz), T-Mobile
  • 2006 – Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears
  • 2007 – Danilo Di Luca (I), Liquigas
  • 2008 – Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne
  • 2009 – Andy Schleck (Lux), Saxo Bank
  • 2010 – Alexandre Vinokourov (Kz), Astana

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Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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