Romain Grégoire won the promise of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège version

Romain Grégoire won the promise of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège version

Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 4:51 p.m.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 won by Romain Grégoire. The 19-year-old young man from Equipe’s mainland group, Groupama-FDJ, was the first to cross the Blegny line after breaking 174.8 kilometers in the final. Grégoire, who became European champion in the U23 category last year, defeated Belgian Lennert Van Eetvelt and his compatriot Gwen Leclainche in the sprint.

The promises were to cover 174.8 kilometers in its Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The two riders, Arno Brouwers (Acrog-Tormans) and Frederik Bjorn Sorensen (ColoQuick), were not afraid of this distance and immediately started the attack. The duo took a lead of about two and a half minutes.

Gregoire headed early
At 87 kilometers, the adventure of Brouwers and Bjorn Sorensen was over. Shortly afterwards, we got three new strikers from Stockeul: Alex Baudin (Swiss Racing Academy), Reuben Thompson and Romain Grégoire (both from Equipe’s Continental Groupama-FDJ). Later, the third driver of Groupama-FDJ joined Lenny Martinez.

For a time, four Frenchmen were ahead (Baudin is not Swiss), but 35 kilometers before the end, two riders were able to connect: Lennert van Eetvelt (Lotto Soudal U23) and Mason Hollyman (Israel Cycling Academy). Partly as a result of Jumbo-Visma Development’s surveillance work, we were relocated a little over twenty kilometers before the end.

Sprint from seven
After another failed attempt by the trio with Darren van Bekkum (Jumbo-Visma Development), some twenty riders started in the last ten kilometers. Not Leo Hayter, Ethan’s brother and last year’s winner, but Rick Pluimers, Van Bekkum’s teammate. However, both Dutchmen were not happy when seven cyclists managed to escape five kilometers before the end.

Johannes Staune-Mittet (also Jumbo-Visma Development) was there. Just like Grégoire, despite his previous efforts. And the Frenchman was a little left, because when it came to sprinting, he showed himself the fastest. In second and third place, he referred to Lennert van Eetvelt and Gwen Leclainche. Staune-Mittet finished in sixth place. No Dutchman reached the top ten.

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