Tadej Pogačar finished off his season in style to take 3rd place at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium. The Slovenian battled through the 256km course to make the key splits, with team mates Sergio Henao and Rui Costa providing support in the last decisive 40km stretch. In a reversal of his stage 9 victory at the Tour de France Pogačar rounded out the top-3 behind winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and runner-up Marc Hirschi (Sunweb). Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) had to settle for 5th place having been relegated for dangerous manoeuvres in the finish.
Pogačar : “I was in a good position as we came into the line and I said to myself ‘Let’s go for the win’. It was a messy sprint and at one point I thought I would crash but I managed to stay up and finish on the podium. It was a real pleasure to race here, it’s a beautiful race. Last year was my debut and I finished 18th and learned a lot. To be here one year later in the lead group battling for the victory was a great feeling. In the future I want to come back and fight again.”