Liège-Bastogne-Liège brings no birthday presents to Valverde

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar - center) sprints to fourth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar - center) sprints to fourth in Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Alejandro Valverde celebrated his 41st birthday on Sunday by racing Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the 15th time but his rivals weren't in the present-giving mood and the Movistar rider was shut out of the podium positions from the five-man leading group.

Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) added his name to the history books as the winner of La Doyenne alongside Valverde's four entries, narrowly defeating world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) while David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) came around Valverde to take the last of the spoils.

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