'Winner' Celebrates Too Soon At Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic
Slovenian Primoz Roglic, left, of the Jumbo - Visma team crosses the finish line to win the Belgian cycling classic and UCI World Tour race Liege Bastogne Liege, in Liege (Photo Credit: AP)
LIEGE, Belgium: Tour de France runner-up Primo Rogli won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege single-day classic on Sunday after rival Julian Alaphilippe celebrated too soon.
To add insult to injury for world champion Alaphilippe, he was then penalized for an irregular sprint and dropped from second to fifth. That was for swerving into the path of Marc Hirschi during the frenetic final sprint of the 6 -hour race.
A photo finish showed that Rogli narrowly beat Alaphilippe after the Frenchman lifted his arms in celebration and coasted to the line.
Its unbelievable. It was so close, Rogli said. Just never stop believing.
Hirschi moved up to finish second and Tour champion Tadej Pogaar got third.
Last month, Rogli was leading the Tour until fellow Slovenian Pogaar swiped away the lead in the penultimate stage by winning a time trial.
Finally I managed to win something, Rogli said. It was definitely on my wish list to win a Monument.
Matej Mohori, yet another Slovenian, finished fourth.
British rider Lizzie Deignan won the women’s edition, for her first Monument, ahead of Grace Brown of Australia.
The race, like other spring classics, was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.