Sagan abandoned both last Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race and today’s Flèche Wallonne. A team spokesman told Cyclingnews Sagan made the decision at the team hotel after the race, in concert with the Bora-Hansgrohe and his own staff.
Sagan will now have a few more days to relax and recover at home before flying to the US on May 4 to prepare for the upcoming Tour of California.
In a statement sent to media, Sagan laid out his reasons for skipping Liège.
“A hard Fleche Wallonne is over,” Sagan’s statement begins. “I was there to work for the squad and contribute to the effort to achieve the best result possible. Together with the team, we decided that the best for me now would be to take a few days off in order to better prepare myself for the next races, starting with the Amgen Tour of California on May 12.”
Sagan extended his spring season into the Ardennes Classics with the intention of making his debut at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. Flèche Wallonne, with its brutally steep clim up the Mur de Huy, was not originally on the cards, however. With a lot of wind predicted for Wednesday, the team decided to bring in the Slovakian to use his crosswinds expertise to guide the team’s two leaders through.
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