Cycling: Pogačar wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Liege, 25 April - Slovenia's rider Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) won the Belgian one-day classic Liege-Bastogne-Liege in what is his sixth win this season and 23rd overall, as his compatriot Primož Roglič failed to defend the title.

Pagačar is thus the second Slovenian rider to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, while he also won the 2020 Tour de France for a double Slovenian victory with Roglič.

The 22-year-old beat France's Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and his compatriot David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) in today's sprint finish of the best five.

The victory comes after he has recently won the multi-stage races in the United Arab Emirates and Tirreno-Adriatico.

Roglič, 31, meanwhile finished 13th, while the third Slovenian at the race, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious), was 10th.

Last year, Pogačar finished this race third, behind Roglič and Swiss rider Marc Hirschi.

© STA, 2021