Alaphilippe's incredible mistake: Roglic snatches the triumph in Liege when he already raised his arms

Alaphilippe's incredible mistake: Roglic snatches the triumph in Liege when he already raised his arms

The world champion celebrates the victory before time and the Slovenian passes him over the finish line. Hirschi and Pogacar complete the podium after the Frenchman's penalty, fifth at the end.

Alaphilippe's incredible mistake: Roglic snatches the triumph in Liege when he already raised his arms

Julian Alaphilippe stands tall on his bike, shows off his rainbow jersey over the Liège finish line and tells the world that there he is, burying two curses at a stroke, his own with an ideal career for his characteristics that he has not yet been capable of. to win and the one that they say persecutes those who are world champions, unable to continue to shine while wearing the rainbow. There is 'Loulou' at its best, with its superlative quality, but also with its arrogance, with its tendency to over-acting and its love for the cameras . In sin he was to carry penance.

Because he is then, king of the world, when he looks to his right and observes Primoz Roglic , whom he had already written off in the 'sprint'. Look at the Slovenian and his happy smugness turns into a cold sweat, into an atrocious fear of having made a fool of himself. He has celebrated a triumph that now he does not know if he has achieved or not. And Roglic, who as always has been tenacious and has rushed the effort to the finish line, does not know whether Alaphilippe won or he did. The two surround themselves with their assistants, who are not clear about it either, and grab their cell phones waiting for news, like someone holding a tenth of the Lottery and waiting for the ball to come out of the units to know if they are rich or not. The ball comes out, it's yellow, Roglic has won.

Alaphilippe's incredible mistake: Roglic snatches the triumph in Liege when he already raised his arms

Alaphilippe wants dirt to be swallowed up because he knows he's made a fool of himself. Just a couple more strokes of effort and he would have been the champion. Damn pride. Or so he would think at that time, because minutes later not only does he discover that he has thrown down the drain one of the three most important victories of his life, along with the world championship and Milan-San Remo, but he has also been penalized for his dangerous maneuver in the 'sprint' and even disappears from the podium, which he has only climbed once, in the already distant 2015, next to Alejandro Valverde. The curse continues, his with Liege and that of the world champion in general. A career has cost the French to discover it.

Roglic, on the other hand, does not believe what just happened and mentally reviews that it has been a crazy year. Two weeks ago he suffered the most unexpected and forceful defeat of this century on the Tour and now he wins the Liege that another had already celebrated. The Slovenian takes revenge, although the scar from La Planche des Belles Filles is one of those that never completely heals, the kind that accompany you throughout your life. And it is not the same, of course, but there is a Liege-Bastoña-Liege forever in his record, his first Monument, a triumph that brings him closer to what led him to change skis for bicycles: being the best in the world. world.

He is really the only one who is happy in Liège, because those who accompany him on the podium chew the rage of what could have been and was not. Especially Marc Hirschi , second this Sunday in 'La Doyenne', winner of the Walloon Arrow four days ago, who dreamed of achieving a double that in the last 15 years Valverde has only achieved three times and Philippe Gilbert in one. And he felt like he could pull it off, because of his innate power and the way he reacted to Alaphilippe's attacks to break up the race.

But in the 'sprint' among the four chosen, in addition to a Matej Mohoric who managed to connect with them in the final kilometer , Alaphilippe lurks with his bicycle that ended up costing him disqualification and the Swiss has to take his foot off the pedal to avoid fall down. As in a domino effect, when Hirschi seeks balance involuntarily closes the way for Tadej Pogacar. The other Slovenian, the flaming winner of the Tour, is also out of the 'sprint' and is satisfied with a good third place. And it was then, looking under his handlebars, that Alaphilippe believed he had won. Until Roglic came up behind to say no.

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