Colnago bikes were in the thick of the action during Liege-Bastogne-Liege thanks to an aggressive performance by Team Type 1 - Sanofi, Landbouwkrediet-Euphony and Team Europcar.
Reinier Honig (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) and Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 - Sanofi) were part of the six-rider breakaway that dominated much of the hilly race. Riding their Colnago M10 bikes they helped the move open a 12-minute lead and stayed clear until close to the 200km point.
Rolland had ridden the Giro del Trentino stage race just before Liege-Bastogne-Liege but went on the attack early, taking a move up to the breakaway on the Levée climb. He was riding his special lime-green Colnago M10 and lead the race over the famous La Redoute climb. He was still riding well when the big-name favourites came across to the group, including team leader Thomas Voeckler, who was strong despite a crash at the foot of the climb.
Vincenzo Nibali went on the attack alone in the finale but again Rolland tried to go across to him, while Voeckler saved his strength for the finish in Liege. It proved to be the right tactic and while Maxim Iglinskiy went on to catch and beat Nibali, Voeckler was strong enough to fight out the sprint and finished fourth.
It was a impressive end to Voeckler’s and Colnago’s spring classic campaign: The ever-aggressive Frenchman finished in the top ten three times in April: he was eighth at the Tour of Flanders, fifth at the Amstel Gold Race and then fourth at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Few other riders have such talent and consistency.
Immediately after the race, Voeckler also flew to Africa for the Tropicale Amissa Bongo (the Tour of Gabon). The classics may be over but the racing and success for Colnago continues. Next up in Europe is the Tour de Romandie and then the Giro d’Italia.