1999 Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Frank Vandenbroucke

by Matthias Van Milders on 21 June 2021
At the start of the 1999 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Frank Vandenbroucke already had a very successful springtime performance behind him. But the really coveted accolade did not come until 18 April. At the Côte de La Redoute, he beat Michele Bartoli in his own inimitable style. The way in which he pulled away from the Italian top favourite is still etched on the memories of many cycling fans. A tightly packed group caught up with Vandenbroucke a bit later on. But when he overtook Michael Boogerd on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas climb he was over the hills and far away. The 24-year-old new Belgian cycling deity reached the finishing line with a comfortable lead. Almost as impressive as his decisive attack is the fact that he predicted beforehand where this would take place. His Liège-Bastogne-Liège triumph confirmed Frank Vandenbroucke's phenomenal talent. But his turbulent career did not include a second victory in a final monument.


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