Oakley's Alexandr Kolobnev Takes Second At Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Oakley’s Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia placed second, just six seconds behind the winner, at the 96th Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the 258 kilometer one-day classic, in Belgium last week. Other notables were Oakley’s Alejandro Valverde finishing 3rd and the Schleck brothers, wearing BMX Chrome eyewear, both finishing in the top ten.
Alexander Vinokourov won the race, the oldest and one of the most prestigious classics in cycling, in six hours 37.48 minutes, while Kolbnev finished six hours 37.42.
Alejandro Valverde, who won the classic through Belgium’s southern Ardennes in 2006 and 2008, took third place – 1:04 behind. The Spaniard beat Belgian Philippe Gilbert and world champion Cadel Evans in a sprint among the chasers.
Basking in sunshine and ideal cycling conditions, the favorites in the pack remained together with only 20 kilometers to go.
Then a group of 17 that included many of the favorites broke away. The move threw open the race, with Vinokourov and Kolobnev breaking away from the elite group.
Gilbert, Evans and Valverde set up the chase to make it a five-man race.
At the front, Vinokourov sought to shake Kolobnev off, to no avail. Behind them, Gilbert broke away from the chasers to look for the leaders on his own and make up 20 seconds over the last six kilometers.
It proved too big a task, as the two leaders powered on and Vinokourov made the decisive jump in view of the finish line.