A crazy final 30 kilometres brought five men to the fore to sprint it out for the Liège victory. The five were of top quality: World champion Julian Alaphilippe, four time Liège winner Alejandro Valverde, Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, French hope David Gaudu and Canadian Michael Woods. It was the Slovenian 'wonder boy' Pogačar who disappointed the others in Liège.
The World champion, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) made no mistakes on the climb of the Mur de Huy to beat Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) to the line. With an explosive jump the Frenchman took a length out of the Slovenian. The 'old man' Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was third.
At the end of a most exciting Amstel Gold Race the decision came down to the photograph on the line... After much deliberation the win went to Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) over Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) after they made the winning break with Maximilian Schachmann of (BORA-hansgrohe). It was close, very close - 0.004 seconds, four-thousandths of a second.
Kasper Asgreen won the 105th edition of the Tour of Flanders. The Deceuninck - Quick-Step Dane surprisingly beat defending champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the final sprint - Man-against-man. Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroën) was third.
After a tough, wind-swept 250 kilometres, Wout van Aert won the 2021 Gent-Wevelgem. The leader of the Jumbo-Visma team started the day as top favourite and did not disappoint. He won the sprint from a leading group of seven riders who had been off the front for most of the day. Italians took the next three places: Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Trentin and Sonny Colbrelli. Michael Matthews was fifth.
Many predicted that the Dutch national champion, Mathieu van der Poel would win the 2021 Strade Bianche, but the Tuscan race on the white roads can be a lottery. The race came down to three men; Van der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe and Egan Bernal, the race would be decided on the final climb to the Piazza del Campo, Siena.
The Deceuninck - Quick-Step team dominated the first Classic of the season and launched Davide Ballerini across the finish line of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad first. The young Italian held off Jake Stewart and Sep Vanmarcke in a sprint from a large group.
After the disappointment of the Tour de France, Primoz Roglič took his second overall win in Vuelta a España. The final stage was no 'stroll in the park' as the top sprinters wanted the final win of the season. Pascal Ackermann and Sam Bennett fought out the sprint for the photo finish to give the win to fast German.