Tadej Pogačar has beaten allcomers this year, racking up 11 victories including the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and Paris-Nice. He has defeated riders of the quality of Jonas Vingegaard, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert. His momentum appears unstoppable as the Ardennes Classics rear into view.
Today, however, he reacquaints himself with one of the few opponents he has never beaten: the Mur de Huy. In three previous appearances at Flèche Wallonne, Pogačar has had to settle for placings of 9th, 12th and 53rd. He will expect to improve that record considerably here. The question, of course, is how will he go about it? Just about anything seems possible.
After all, twenty years have passed since the winning move at Flèche Wallonne last went clear before the Mur de Huy. Could this be the year that sequence is broken?
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