Pogacar will not defend his title

Pogacar will not defend his title

The United Arab Emirates team on Saturday finally announced that Slovenian Tadej Pojacar will finally miss the 2022 edition of Liege-Bastogne Liege for personal reasons.

Sunday, Tadej Pojacar will be the big absentee from “La Doyenne” and therefore will not defend his title. The winner of 2021 in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Emirates Training Team sprinter was finally forced to concede this Saturday to the 2022 edition. In Slovenia since Thursday, the person in question was already absent to support partner Orska Siegart, who lost her mother on Friday.

The day after the sad news, the UAE team formalized its Tour de France double-winner draw for the Ardennes Classic. Together with New Zealander George Bennett and Swiss Mark Hershey, American Brandon McNulty was chosen to replace the Pogacar on Sundaywho had been eagerly awaiting this occasion. While he remained 12th at La Flèche Wallonne, the latter recently said he was impatient and motivated to join this memorial and definitely wanted to fight it.

‘The past few days have been difficult’

Unfortunately, I won’t be at the start of Liege-Bastogne-Liege tomorrow (Sunday). The past few days have been difficult, but I would like to thank everyone for their understanding. Special thanks to my team and especially Mauro Gianetti and Matar for their support in this case The 23-year-old cyclist has since reacted on Saturday, via a message posted on his social networks. The absence of the winner of the 2021 Championship “La Doyenne” will cause a major change in the cards among the contenders for the final victory.

And therefore , It makes sense that Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Belgian Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) would follow closely. On the roads of Wallonia. For his part, after beating La Flèche Wallonne a week ago, Belgian Dylan Teunes (victorious Bahrain) could be aiming for a stunning double. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) can have his say, too.

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