Roglic is crowned in Liège due to a historical error by Alaphilippe

The Slovenian won in the last shot of the kidney when the French looked the winner and the judges sanctioned for a lurch in the sprint. Hirschi and Pogacar podium.

The atypical label lasted a sigh for the Dean of Cycling, because as usual it turned out to be one of the most exciting races of the season. It seems incredible that after more than six hours on the bike everything was decided in one breath and, due to an incomprehensible miscalculation ... Primoz Roglic got the first Monument of his career thanks to Julian Alaphilippe, who celebrated the triumph in the sprint Liege before the count and saw how the Slovenian surpassed him in the last stroke of the kidney. Seeing is believing. Marc Hirschi and Tadej Pogacar completed the podium after the judges sanction the world champion as a result of an irregular maneuver in the sprint.

The race, with eleven explosive heights spread over 257 kilometers, featured all the ingredients worthy of an epic day: gusts of wind of 30 km / h, temperatures of up to six degrees, light rain and drama, especially drama. Only the strongest would survive in such a context, as it was. While the favorites saved their energy until the decisive moments, nine brave men challenged them from the start: Gino Mäder, Kobe Goossens, Michael Schär, Kenny Molly, Mathijs Paasschens, Omer Goldstein, Valentin Ferron, Paul Ourselin and, as Spanish representative, Iñigo Elosegui.

Nervousness took hold of the runners in the last 100 kilometers, where the last nine climbs were practically chained, which resulted in falls. The worst part was for two serious hopefuls like Adam Yates and Greg van Avermaet, who were forced to leave. But with just over 70 to go, the worst was feared: Hirschi and Alaphilippe also went to the ground in a descent that was very wet. Luckily it was a scare and they returned to the group.

The final fireworks

Schär's attack was the first to bear fruit among the escapees, and after a few kilometers in which his compatriot Mäder followed him, he was left alone to challenge the platoon. As we saw in the last Tour, the CCC rider feels comfortable on the run and away from the big group, although the work of teams like Trek and Deceuninck ended his hopes. In the decisive stretch, Alaphilippe still promised them very happy, oblivious to the thriller that was coming his way. The Frenchman spoke in full ascent to La Redoute, directed his teammates and even changed a booty in motion minutes after his fall. There the favorites were limited to sharpening the knife to unleash hostilities at the final level: Roche aux Fauçons.

Loulou was the first to try it and after crowning the top he left the victory in a matter of four: next to him were Roglic, Pogacar and Hirschi. Van der Poel was absent to round off the cockfighting party, but was postponed to the chasing group. In the Liège sprint there was everything, and in so few seconds that it seemed like science fiction. Alaphilippe started, Hirschi lost the pedal cleat when he went to his wheel and the Frenchman was the winner. He raised his arms and Roglic won the victory by inches before the incredulity of the reigning world champion. Prize for faith and sanction for the Frenchman, since the irregular maneuver that caused Hirschi's mishap relegated him to fifth position, so Pogacar inherited the podium. Has the curse of the rainbow begun?


1º Primoz Roglic (ESL, Jumbo-Visma), 6: 32: 02

2º Marc Hirschi (SUI, Sunweb), mt

º Tadej Pogacar (ESL, UAE), mt

4º Matej Mohoric (ESL, Bahrain-McLaren), mt

5º Julian Alaphilippe (FRA, Deceuninck), mt

17º Gorka Izagirre (Astana), at 43 "

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