For personal reasons: Pogacar missed LBL
Like Pogacars team, UAE Emirates announced on Saturday, the 23-year-old has traveled to Slovenia to help his partner Urska Zigart after their mother’s death.
Pogacar thanks for understanding
“Unfortunately, I will not go to Liège-Bastogne-Liège at the start to defend my title. The last days were very hard, but I would like to thank everyone for their understanding,” the Slovene wrote on Saturday in a post
He thanked in particular his team around team boss Mauro Gianetti.
After an 18th place at his first LBL participation in 2019, Pogacar 2020 had reached the podium as the third, before he won the spring classic 2021.
On Wednesday, the two-time winner of the Tour de France had come to the finish in the fleece Wallonne as a twelfth.
It was his first race since the Flanders tour in early April.