Persistence pays off for Fuglsang, a route change pays off for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

His victory at “La Doyenne” on Sunday is a story of perseverance, the result of a perennial Grand Tour hopeful finally rewarded for his endurance and his persistence.

Fuglsang looked sharp from the white roads of Tuscany all the way to the hills of the Ardennes, but that marquee Classics win just kept eluding him for most of that stretch.

He ultimately won Liège with a hefty margin over runner-up Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), with a sketchy corner posing the only real challenge to his triumph in the end.

Fuglsang worked into excellent form for the spring and then stayed patient through one narrow defeat after another until, finally, his biggest rival flagged.

There were certainly exceptions, including at last year’s race when Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels went long, but enough editions came down to a reduced sprint that the criticism rang true.

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