CW Live: Updates from Liège-Bastogne-Liège as Remco Evenepoel defends title; Demi Vollering wins women's race to complete historic Ardennes Treble; Tadej Pogačar crashes out and suffers fractures

Follow live updates Liège-Bastogne-Liège as Remco Evenepoel and Tadej Pogačar face off in the men's race

Live updates from the men's Liège-Bastogne-Liège where Tadej Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel face off in a highly-anticipated battle.

Earlier in the day, Demi Vollering of SD Worx won a trilling edition of the women's race to complete an historic treble of the Ardennes Classics. You can read the report here.


Welcome to the live blog of today's Liège-Bastogne-Liège where we've already had a lot of action this morning, with Demi Vollering winning a dramatic edition of the women's race. You can read the race report here.

The men's race has a breakaway group of of 11 riders, with the peloton around four minutes behind. 

It's white shorts for the world champion and last year's winner. What are your thoughts on this look?

Tadej Pogačar crashes

145km to go: The breakaway of 11 still have a lead of four minutes, but all attention is on the dramatic news of Pogačar's abandonment. What that will mean for UAE-Team Emirates' options is up for discussion, but it's worth recalling that Marc Hirschi finished second in this race in 2020.

125km to go: No change in the race scenario, but we do now have an update from UAE-Team Emirates on the injury to Tadej Pogačar.

75km to go: The succession of climbs is doing its job of wearing out the peloton, with David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Enric Mas (Movistar) among those who have been dropped from the peloton that is being led by Soudal-QuickStep. Only five riders remain out front, and they are only 90 seconds ahead of the peloton.


This has been the familiar sight all day: Soudal-QuickStep on the front, with former world champion Julian Alaphilippe one of the riders aiding the current wearer of the rainbow bands.

(Image credit: Getty)

65km to go: Chapaeu, Jan Tratnik. The Slovenian has bridged across to the remaining five riders out front, just in time for the final five climbs. The peloton behind, meanwhile, numbers around 40-50 riders.

60km to go: Tratnik is motoring! He now only has Jason Osborne (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Simone Velasco (Astana-Qazaqstan) with him, and the peloton, being led by Alaphilippe, is 1-10 behind.

50km to go: You get the feeling that the race is about to explode into life. The Côte de Desnié is approaching, and then it's the Côte de la Redoute, the climb where Evenepoel made his move 12 months ago. Tratnik and Velasco have a minute on the peloton.


35km to go: The rain is making conditions extremely treacherous, and as we approach the Côte de la Redoute different teams have taken to the front, ready for the battle that's coming on the 1.6km climb.

Remco attacks

Pogačar suffers fractures to wrist

30km to go: Evenepoel has distanced Pidcock who was refusing to do a turn at the top, and the world champion looks well-placed to defend his title, with 25 seconds over Giulio Ciccone and Mattias Skjelmose. 

25km to go: Evenepoel has a lead of 33 seconds to Pidcock, but he has just been reminded of the dangers of racing on wet roads, with his back wheel slipping on a corner. The Belgian is charging towards his second successive Liège victory.

21km to go: Ben Healy has been trying to distance Pidcock, Ciccone and Skjelmose but has so far been unable to do so. Evenepoel has a minute on the chasers and is flying.

13km to go: Ben Healy is desperate to get rid of the chasers, but he's still struggling to go clear. Evenepoel has an 80 second lead as he climbs past thousands of cheering, adoring fans.

4km to go: The fight for the podium will come down to a probably finish line sprint between Healy, Pidcock and Buitrago. Evenepoel will win by around 1-30.

Remco Evenepoel wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège!

The sprint for second is won by Pidcock with Buitrago taking third.

You can read the full race report here.

1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal-QuickStep, in 6-15.49
2. Tom Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-06
3. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain-Victorious, at same time
4. Ben Healy (Irl) EF Education - EasyPost, at 1-08
5. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 1-24
6. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, at 1-25
7. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Jumbo-Visma, at 1-37
8. Patrick Konrad (Aus) Bora-hansgrohe, at 1-48
9. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10. Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE-Team Emirates, all at same time.

Thanks for following along today. We hope you enjoyed the races. Until the next time!

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