Five conclusions from the men’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2021 - 107th Edition - Liege - Liege 259,1 km - 25/04/2021 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - Julian Alaphilippe (FRA - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - David Gaudu (FRA - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Vincent Kalut/PN/BettiniPhoto©2021
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Forced to sit out Flèche Wallonne after two (false) positives for COVID-19 in his UAE Team Emirates team, Tadej Pogačar responded in the best possible fashion with victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, adding success in one of the sports big five Monuments to his 2020 Tour de France victory.

Just like last year, world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was the fall guy; on paper the fastest in the five-man group that contested the final sprint but beaten once again by a Slovenian rider, with Pogačar filling the shoes of Primož Roglič on this occasion.

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