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Who can beat Tadej Pogacar? Favourites and contenders for La Flèche Wallonne

Tadej Pogačar en route to victory in the 2023 Amstel Gold Race

Had Tadej Pogačar stuck to an earlier version of his 2023 game plan and avoided La Flèche Wallonne, there would have been a colossal power vacuum in the mid-week Classic this spring. 

Not only is Alejandro Valverde, the record holder in Flèche with five victories, missing from the running after his retirement, but three-time winner Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-QuickStep) and defending champion Dylan Teuns (Israel-Premier Tech) are also not present. As a result, on Wednesday’s provisional start list, there’s a serious dearth of top names who have already triumphed on the Mur de Huy.

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