Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2021 - Preview

LIEGE BELGIUM OCTOBER 04 Sprint Arrival Primoz Roglic of Slovakia and Team JumboVisma Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep World Champion Jersey Marc Hirschi of Switzerland Team Sunweb Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates Matej Mohoric of Slovenia and Team Bahrain McLaren during the 106th Liege Bastogne Liege 2020 Men Elite a 257km race from Liege to Liege LBL classiquesardennes on October 04 2020 in Liege Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
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The finish of last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège was one of the most dramatic moments of the 2020 season. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was, typically, the man at the centre of it all, appearing to be on the brink of victory in a five-man sprint to the line before making the fatal mistake of celebrating too early, allowing Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to lunge ahead of him to his right-hand side. 

Add to that the extra controversy of Alaphilippe being relegated for deviating from his sprinting line, and the finish alone had enough talking points to keep cycling fans debating and discussing it for days afterwards.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance writer based in Bristol. He has written for Cyclingnews since 2020, and has covered cycling professionally as a freelancer since 2013, writing for outlets such as Rouleur, Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport, among other publications. He is the author of The World of the Tour de France, published by Sona Books. Outside of cycling he is a passionate cinephile, and a long-suffering Spurs fan.

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