On the final straight in Ans, Simon Gerrans became the first ever Australian to claim Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Winner of Milan-San Remo, of stages on the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta, the Orica-Greenedge rider adds this 100th edition of La Doyenne to his already impressive list of victories. Gerrans made the best of his sprinting qualities to beat Alejandro Valverde and Michal Kwiatkowski to the line. After 6 men enjoyed a long breakaway, the main favourites ended up watching each other and Gerrans made the best of his speed to triumphantly lift his arms to the Belgian sky.Read more Key moments
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Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2014 - 27/04/2014 - Liége/Ans - Alejandro VALVERDE (2e) et Michal KWIATKOWSKI (3e) sur le podium © Presse Sports/S.Boué
The Province of Liège boasts a privileged location in the heart of the region, accessible from all over Europe. Its rich heritage and the warmth of its inhabitants have made it renowned internationally and it bustles with festivals, traditions and folklore. The Province is a patchwork of beautiful, harmonious landscapes, forged in the fires of mines and steelworks and lulled from age to age by the gentle flow of the River Meuse, whose charming valley can be admired in Huy and Visé, among others. Above all though, the Province of Liège is a land of culture and sport, both of which it has actively nurtured for many years. It has played host to a variety of famous sporting events for decades. Every year it takes part in the organisation of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, one of the most prestigious sporting competitions, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014. Based on this experience, the Province of Liège has become a key destination in the cycling world but also for other major events. In August 2014, it will be the centre of the world to some extent, as part of the commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War. Indeed it was in this area that the war started on 4th August 1914.
With thriving neighbourhoods, residential and commercial areas, industrial zones, as well as 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 community college, several neighbourhoods are being completely renovated, to better respond to the needs of its ever-increasing population, which reached nearly 30,000 inhabitants in 2013. 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 laid out public parks focusing on interaction between inhabitants of all generations, mean that it is a great time to be born and live in Ans. In addition to all this, Ans boasts numerous high quality schools, first class sports facilities for all ages, and a dynamic cultural policy including a top class cultural centre and a castle devoted to exhibitions which, in a few years, have attracted several thousands of people. The town of Ans will proudly play host to the 100th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège on 27th April and will additionally commemorate the start of the First World War on 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th September, through a major sound and light show at the Fort de Loncin where 350 soldiers died during the German invasion on 15th August 1914.
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