After dreaming of monument glory in the Ardennes classics for years, Annemiek van Vleuten and Jakob Fuglsang each solo to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège to cap off the spring season.
Bora-Hansgrohe fill the remaining podium places despite Sagan's no-show.
For the first time in 27 years, Liège-Bastogne-Liège ends with a flat finish, not an uphill kick, and that's expected to spice up a race that has grown stale in recent years.
After a number of close calls this spring, Jakob Fuglsang hopes his strong form can carry him to an even better result at Liège — one ahead of Julian Alaphilippe.
With a more sprinter-friendly finish, Sagan was expected to race Liège, but after two DNF results, he'll take some time to rebuild before Tour of California.
Due to their length, the five monuments of cycling are in a class of their own when it comes to the physical demands. Paris-Roubaix may be the hardest of all.
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The new Liège-Bastogne-Liège finish attracts a blend of top classics stars. Now, former world champ Michal Kwiatkowski has thrown his hat in the ring.
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The new finish for the Belgian monument could lead to a sprint showdown between Peter Sagan and others, other riders say.