Twenty-four years after Sean Kelly, Dan Martin became the second Irishman to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège. This 99th edition of the oldest classic on the calendar was at the height of expectations and one team proved to be stronger and smarter than the others. Indeed after Garmin-Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal powered away in the last 20 kilometres, Dan Martin remained comfortably in the wheels of the race favourites. The Irishman finally made his move once his team mate had been caught. Catching up with Joaquim Rodriguez, the 26-year-old flew off in the last 300 metres of the course, capturing the...Read more Key moments
The towns / A sporting view
A sporting region which boasts many sportsmen and women, the Province of Liège has adopted an active sporting strategy for the last three decades. The organisation of major events such as the legendary Ardennes Classics, with the Flèche Wallonne, the Women’s Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège every April, allows its image to be promoted and ensures considerable economic fallout.
The Province of Liège has made a name for itself in the world of cycling, thanks to its sporting experience. It should be remembered that it played host to the Grand Départ (official start) of the Tour de France in 2012 as well welcoming the world’s cycling elite for the three great cycling tours: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta. After so many years, "La Doyenne" (the oldest classic) remains an amazing race, which brings the roads of our province to life in a spectacular way.
With thriving neighbourhoods, residential and commercial areas, industrial zones, and rural areas for nature lovers, Ans has something to meet the needs and ambitions of all its citizens. Upon the initiative of the Mayor, Stéphane Moreau, and the local government, several neighbourhoods are being completely renovated, to better respond to the needs of its ever-increasing population, which reached nearly 30,000 inhabitants in 2012. High-quality, forward-looking and environmentally-friendly town planning, an urban lighting plan for some public buildings to improve the feeling of safety at night, and superbly-managed public parks focusing on interaction between inhabitants of all generations, mean that it’s a great time to be born and live in Ans. In addition to all this, Ans boasts many high quality schools, first class sports facilities for all ages, and a dynamic cultural policy including a top class cultural centre and a castle dedicated to exhibitions which, in a few short years, have attracted several thousands of people.
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