Boswell 2nd at U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
LIEGE, Belgium — Bend’s Ian Boswell (Bontrager-Livestrong) made the most of his early season preparation Saturday, taking second place at an extremely wet and cold U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium. Josh Berry, who lived in Portland throughout 2010 and won the inaugural Blind Date at the Dairy cyclocross series, took third place riding for the USA National Team.
Saturday’s extreme conditions, which included snow flurries, whittled the field of 198 starters to just 56 by the finish. Boswell attacked the peloton with about 20 kilometers remaining and bridged to a seven-rider chase group, including Berry, that was hunting down eventual winner Michael Anderson’s lead trio, which had escaped the peloton with about 70km remaining.
Anderson attacked the breakaway with just over 10km remaining and set off for the finish on his own. At the top of the last climb of St. Nicholas with about 7 km to go, he led Boswell, Berry and the two former riders from his lead group by about 31 seconds. The chase group swelled to 10 riders before Boswell attacked one more time at 5km. Berry also jumped away from that group, and the two Americans set off in search of the lone Dane at the head of the race. But Boswell soon ran out of race course, and Anderson finished about 15 seconds ahead of first Boswell, then Berry at about 52 seconds in arrears.
“This was my third Liège-Bastogne-Liege,” Boswell was quoted by the French website DirectVelo.com. “My result is improving year by year. Maybe I’ll take next year. Today I made a nice delivery in weather conditions that were completely crazy. I prepared well and it paid off.”
Berry told VeloDirect that his upbringing in Sun Valley, Idaho, prepared him well for the adverse weather.
“Frankly I am delighted,” he said. “This was my first national team race. I learned of my selection on the evening of the Circuit des Ardennes after my good results. I’ve never done a race that was as hilly Liege Espoirs. The cold and rain did not bother me; I’m from Sun Valley and we’re used to rough winters.”
April 14, 2012
180.8 km in 4:35:48′ (avg. 39.3 kmh)
108.5 miles in 4:35:48′ (avg. 23.5 mph)
1. Michael Andersen (Glud & Marstrand)
2. Ian Boswell (Bontrager-Livestrong) @:15
3. Joshua Berry (Team USA) @:52
4. Dieter Bouvry (EFC-Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @:58
5. Jimmy Turgis (CC Nogent-sur-Oise) @:58
6. Sam Spokes (EFC-Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @1:02
7. Ethan Kimmince (EFC-Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @1:04
8. Daan Olivier (Rabobank continental) @1:04
9. Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Vendée U) @1:07
10. Kristian Dyrnes (Oster Hus-Ridley) @1:07