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Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Vliegen: « Mechanical costs me unnecessary energy »

Liège-Bastogne-Liège - Vliegen: « Mechanical costs me unnecessary energy »

Spring or autumn, despite the postponement on the race calendar, Liège-Bastogne-Liège (1.WT, 4/10) included all traditional elements. Rain showers poured over the nine riders in the early breakaway in fresh circumstances. The hill zone began with 90 kilometer to go in the 257 kilometer long Doyenne. The peloton made use of it to skim the group and to reduce the gap with the leaders. The rainbow appearing at the sky on the way to La Redoute was maybe a sign for newly crowned world champion Julian Alaphilippe. The French rider attacked on the Côte des Forges, and sprinted for the victory with four others on the banks of the Maas. But Primoz Roglic defeated him in the sprint. Loïc Vliegen finished one minute later on 24th place.

Loïc Vliegen:
« My result is satisfying, but without the mechanical before the Mont-le-Soie I could have done better. I fell a little too short to follow the group for 6th place, so I'm disappointed about the wasted energy when earlier in the race I had to regain my position in front of the peloton. Except for this bad luck, I'm happy with my race. I felt good, raced in the front and rode intelligently. »

Liège-Bastogne-Liège:
1.Primoz Roglic
2.Marc Hirschi
3.Tadej Pogacar
24.Loïc Vliegen +0:58
46.Jan Bakelants +1:34
61.Simone Petilli +5:59
65.Maurits Lammertink
DNF Thomas Degand
DNF Fabien Doubey
DNF Kévin Van Melsen