Ending the spring classics with a strong team ride

Ben Healy and Richard Carapaz impress in a hard edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège

April 21, 2024

Liège-Bastogne-Liège is known as the hardest race of the year within the peloton and the 2024 edition lived up to that reputation.

Ben Healy and Richard Carapaz were up for it as they both rode with their hearts on their sleeves and emptied themselves over the iconic climbs of La Redoute and Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucon. They launched attacks, closed down moves, and rode the finale brilliantly. The results sheet won’t do their rides justice. Richard finished in 26th and Ben Healy finished in 27th but we are proud of the way the entire squad rode today.

With temperatures just above freezing and intermittent showers all day, the race was hard from kilometer zero. The squad did a brilliant job keeping our two race leaders at the front of the pack, avoiding crashes and splits in the peloton in the lead up to the heart of the race.

After an incredible lead out by Harry Sweeny, Ben and Richard were both at the front of the peloton going into La Redoute. When eventual race winner Tadej Pagacar (UAE) launched his attack, Richard put up a strong fight to follow but ultimately couldn’t match the pace.

With Ben in a strong group behind, the chase group fractured on the numerous subsequent climbs. The Irish champion was part of a strong quartet that worked well together, allowing Richard to recover in the group behind.

Romain Bardet (DSM) launched an attack on La Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucon. Ben fought valiantly to stay in touch but ultimately was resigned to follow in the group behind.

“Pretty gutted that I couldn’t follow on La Roche-aux-Focon,” said Ben after the race. “I got myself in the right position, I was where I needed to be, but I just lacked a little bit. Just disappointed because the team did an amazing job today.”

The group behind swelled in numbers in the lead in to Liège with Ben and Richard having to settle for minor places.

Still, our squad raced hard at the front, wrapping up the spring classics on a positive note going into the grand tours.

“In the end the boys did an excellent job. I’m super happy with how the team rode today,” said Richard. “I tried to be there in front, but it wasn’t enough, although the race got exciting again and I was in the mix. That was super important for myself and my head.”

This squad will take a well earned rest and will refocus on the Tour de France and other goals ahead.

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