Tadej Pogacar will miss Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege to be with his grieving fiancée after the death of her mother. Photo: Twitter @TamauPogi Last year’s champion Tadej Pogacar will miss Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege to be with his grieving fiancée after the death of her mother, opening the door for his rivals in the fourth Monument of the season.
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The Slovenian won a thrilling race in 2021, pipping perennial nearly man Julian Alaphilippe by a tyre’s width on the line.
But he has confirmed that he will not race this time around, in order to stay with his partner, fellow cyclist Urska Zigart.
“Sadly I won’t be at the start of @LiegeBastogneL tomorrow,” UAE Team Emirates rider Pogacar tweeted .
“It’s been a tough few days but I’d like to thank everybody for their understanding. A special thank you to @TeamEmiratesUAE & especially to Mauro Gianetti and Team President Matar for their support in this situation.” Tadej Pogacar won the last two Tour de France titles
The absence of the 23-year-old Pogacar, who has also won the last two Tour de France titles, leaves Alaphilippe as the favourite for the 275.5km, seven-hour, marathon race.The Frenchman has twice narrowly missed out in the Belgian classic, raced over cobbled hills and along narrow, winding roads in the Ardennes forest. “I’ve often come close but never won,” Alaphilippe said on Saturday. “This is the most beautiful of all races.” The world champion appeared set for victory last […]