I have been focused on LBL since early in the year and have planned my spring around this week. Earlier this week I did two hilly Italian one day races, and there I could see that I was riding well. I was 15th in Giro del Belvedere and the 5th the next day in GP Palio del Recioto.
|Ian Boswell - Coach: Hunter Allen|
2nd Place - Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23
This year was my third time doing LBL and knowing the course made all the difference, the thing I did not know or expect was the; snow, hail and rain. After 50km we were hit with the coldest hardest hail I have ever ridden in. As hail turned to snow the roads became very slick and dangerous. A group of 3 went up the road after 105km containing the final days winner. As the course went on I froze like hell but knew what I had to do to win the race. On la de route the group split and I was in the front group of 40 riders, 1;30 behind the 3 leaders. On the flats after the climb a few guys just rolled away including Josh Berry. I know it was a good group but I did not want to go out there and ride the front with a chance of the group coming back. So I sat in the group and waited till the climb up from Tilff. The group with Berry was 45sec up at the base and the 3 leaders were 45sec ahead of them. So at the foot of the climb I took off knowing I had the legs to ride across to the Berry group. I caught them before the top and tried to motivate the group to ride for the win. On the long descent into Liege, Berry and I did most the work and I knew on the Saint Nicolas that I had to again go across to the leaders. As the base of the steep on km climb I again hit it in pursuit of the leaders. Berry followed and threw in an attack but I followed and we caught all the riders in the front but the winner. Over the top, Berry myself and the two riders from the break ride but not bringing back much time on Anderson who was 30sec off the front with one climb and 7km to go. The last climb the Cote de Ans was my final chance to make the move across. So again I attacked opened a gap and drew closer to the lead rider and the win. Summiting the climb I was 20sec behind and thought he was starting to fade. I worked hard to catch him over the last 4km but the flat road proved too fast and aI was not able to get closer than 15 sec. I was happy with my ride but when it comes to 15 sec at the end of a 5 hour race you start to think of all the times when the pack slowed up for a km or 2.
POWER ANALYSIS: Hunter Allen