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Pogacar ready for Liège-Bastogne-Liège defence despite fading on the Mur de Huy

Pogacar ready for Liège-Bastogne-Liège defence despite fading on the Mur de Huy

Tadej Pogačar came into La Flèche Wallonne among the top favourites for glory on the Mur de Huy, despite his previous best finish being ninth…

Thursday, Apr 21

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Tadej Pogačar came into La Flèche Wallonne among the top favourites for glory on the Mur de Huy, despite his previous best finish being ninth place two years ago.

In the end, the Slovenian didn’t improve on that result and ended the race in 12th place. He had been among the top five men heading into the final 250 metres of the steep 1.3km climb that decides La Flèche Wallonne but faded heading around the final bend amid surges by the podium trio of Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) .

The UAE Team Emirates leader said after the race that he didn’t see his finish as a weakness, adding that the somewhat disappointing result wouldn’t affect his run-up to the defence of his Liège-Bastogne-Liège title on Sunday.

"I don’t see this as a weakness or anything," he said. "It’s just a one-day race. It happens. Sometimes you cannot do your best day and sometimes you can do really good. I don’t see it as any weakness.

"When you think about it, two years ago I was also ninth, a similar finish style like this year. Then in the end in Liège, I was in the front group. So, I’m fully motivated for Sunday."

Pogačar said that he had pushed himself to the limit on the closing climb of the 202km race. Earlier in the day, his UAE Team Emirates squad had been among the teams setting the pace in the peloton, a signal of intent for what was […]

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