Cycling’s oldest Monument gets underway on Sunday April 24 with Liège–Bastogne–Liège , and there are a host of big names expected to battle it out for honours over the 257.1km course.
The concluding race of the Ardennes Classics season, Liège–Bastogne–Liège is regarded as one of cycling’s most difficult one-day races, due to the considerable length and demanding course. With the race this year just one week after Paris-Roubaix and only a few days following La Flèche Wallonne, this Monument is a constant war of attrition against the challenging climbs.
The start list includes reigning champion Tadej Pogačar and four-time winner Alejandro Valverde, but are there any other riders considered by the bookies as favourites to win the 2022 edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège?
Oddschecker shows Tadej Pogačar as the favourite to retain his Liège–Bastogne–Liège title this year, despite failing to finish in the top-10 on Wednesday at Flèche Wallonne. His performances so far this season show he has the capability to win the biggest races, and his race-winning experience could prove invaluable on the steep slopes of the Ardennes.
Pogačar’s 10/3 odds reflect his ability, and nous in this race. The Slovenian won last year in a final sprint, pipping Julian Alaphilippe to the line to take the first Monument triumph of his career.
In fact, it is the Frenchman the bookies have as the second favourite, with Alaphilippe priced at 8/1. Despite having only managed one win in 2022, a stage victory on the Tour of the Basque Country, Alaphilippe’s fourth at Flèche Wallonne gives […]