PREVIEW: Fleche Wallonne

The 81st edition of La Flèche Wallonne is a 200 km race that winds through the hills of the Ardennes this Wednesday April 19th 2017

Fleche Wallonne translates to the Walloon Arrow in English and American. 

The race is marked by steep hills in the Ardennes and the finish is at the top of the Wall of Huy, a 1.3 kilometre climb with its steepest section at 17%. La Flèche Wallonne totals 200 kilometres and takes in nine climbs towards the end of the race.

Last year in 2016, Alejandro Valverde took his fourth win, out sprinting Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin on the Wall of Huy.

Valverde is the record holder with the most wins at La Flèche Wallonne.

PREVIEW: Fleche Wallonne

The Course

PREVIEW: Fleche Wallonne - the Mur de HuyThe classic course winds it's way through the beautiful Ardennes hills. It's at 127.5 km the first climb of Côte d’Amay arrives with the Côte de Villers le Bouillet not long after.

At 142 km the first ascent of the Mur de Huy, a climb of the 1.3 kilometres  with an average gradient of 9.6%. The climb is fairly flat for 200 meters before hitting 11% - 17% for 900 meters before returning to 6% for the last 100m kick to the top.

The riders climb it twice, the second time with 29 kilometers to go, with the Côte d’Ereffe (2.1 kilometres at 5%) and the Côte de Cherave (1.3 kilometres climb at 8.1%).

At the top of the Côte de Cherave, it's only 5.5 kilometres to the finish line at the top of the third ascent of the Mur de Huy.

La Flèche Wallonne starts at 11:10 CET and the finish is expected at 16:30 CET which is (15:30 GMT, 10:30 EST, 23:30 AWST).

Viewers from North America can tune in from 09:00 - 10:30 EST to watch the finale .

2017 Fleche Wallonne Profile

The Favorites

Valverde is an obvious favorite with four victories  in 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016 and this season has won Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya and Tour of the Basque Country and is in good form albiet misisng the break at Amstel Gold along with Greg Van Avermaet last Sunday.

Philippe Gilbert would have been annother obvious favorite, but with a tear to his right kidney after crashing in the Amstel Gold Race whihc he won, he's been ordered to rest for at least a week.

Amstel Gold runner up Michal Kwiatkowski skipped the cobbles classics to focus on the Ardennes and is in good form so is another top favorite going into Wednesday's race. Kwiatkowski has already won Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo this year.

Our favorites for 2017 Fleche Walonne:

*** Alejandro Valverde, Michal Kwiatkowski
** Sergio Henao, Rui Costa, Ion Izagirre,Gianni Moscon
* Rigoberto Uran, Samuel Sanchez, Michael Albasini, Tim Wellens

Start List

Movistar Team
1  Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)
2  Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col)
3  Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)
4  Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa)
5  Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa)
6  Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa)
7  Marc Soler (Spa)
8  Rory Sutherland (Aus)

Quick-Step Floors
12  Gianluca Brambilla (Ita)
13  Eros Capecchi (Ita)
14  Laurens De Plus (Bel)
15  Dries Devenyns (Bel)
16  Bob Jungels (Lux)
17  Daniel Martin (Irl)
18  Petr Vakoc (Cze)

Team Sky
21  Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol)
22  Owain Doull (GBr)
23  Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr)
24  Michal Golas (Pol)
25  Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col)
26  Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col)
27  Gianni Moscon (Ita)
28  Diego Rosa (Ita)

Wanty - Groupe Gobert
31  Jérôme Baugnies (Bel)
32  Thomas Degand (Bel)
33  Fabien Doubey (Fra)
34  Guillaume Levarlet (Fra)
35  Guillaume Martin (Fra)
36  Xandro Meurisse (Bel)
37  Marco Minnaard (Ned)
38  Dion Smith (NZl)

BMC Racing Team
41  Samuel Sanchez (Spa)
42  Alessandro De Marchi (Ita)
43  Floris Gerts (Ned)
44  Ben Hermans (Bel)
45  Amaël Moinard (Fra)
46  Michael Schär (Swi)
47  Dylan Teuns (Bel)
48  Silvan Dillier (Swi)

Orica-Scott
51  Michael Albasini (Swi)
52  Sam Bewley (NZl)
53  Jack Haig (Aus)
54  Damien Howson (Aus)
55  Daryl Impey (RSA)
56  Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
57  Alex Edmondson (Aus)
58  Christopher Juul Jensen (Den)

UAE Team Emirates
61  Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por)
62  Matteo Bono (Ita)
63  Louis Meintjes (RSA)
64  Matej Mohoric (Slo)
65  Manuele Mori (Ita)
66  Simone Petilli (Ita)
67  Oliviero Troia (Ita)
68  Diego Ulissi (Ita)

Team Sunweb
71  Warren Barguil (Fra)
72  Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)
73  Simon Geschke (Ger)
74  Wilco Kelderman (Ned)
75  Michael Matthews (Aus)
76  Lennard Hofstede (Ned)
77  Georg Preidler (Aut)
78  Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor)

Cannondale-Drapac
81  Rigoberto Urán (Col)
82  Brendan Canty (Aus)
83  Simon Clarke (Aus)
84  Alex Howes (USA)
85  Thomas Scully (NZl)
86  Toms Skujins (Lat)
87  Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)
88  Michael Woods (Can)

Team LottoNL-Jumbo
91  Robert Gesink (Ned)
92  Enrico Battaglin (Ita)
93  Koen Bouwman (Ned)
94  Floris De Tier (Bel)
95  Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned)
96  Juan José Lobato (Spa)
97  Paul Martens (Ger)
98  Alexey Vermeulen (USA)

Cofidis, Solutions Credits
101  Julien Simon (Fra)
102  Yoann Bagot (Fra)
103  Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra)
104  Jérôme Cousin (Fra)
105  Nicolas Edet (Fra)
106  Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa)
107  Anthony Perez (Fra)
108  Stéphane Rossetto (Fra)

Lotto Soudal
111  Tim Wellens (Bel)
112  Sander Armee (Bel)
113  Sean De Bie (Bel)
114  Bart De Clercq (Bel)
115  Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
116  Tomasz Marczynski (Pol)
117  Tosh Van der Sande (Bel)
118  Jelle Vanendert (Bel)

AG2R La Mondiale
121  Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)
122  Romain Bardet (Fra)
123  Mickael Cherel (Fra)
124  Axel Domont (Fra)
125  Mathias Frank (Swi)
126  Cyril Gautier (Fra)
127  Quentin Jauregui (Fra)
128  Pierre Latour (Fra)

Astana Pro Team
131  Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
132  Pello Bilbao (Spa)
133  Laurens De Vreese (Bel)
134  Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
135  Tanel Kangert (Est)
136  Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz)
137  Nikita Stalnov (Kaz)
138  Michael Valgren Andersen (Den)

Dimension Data
141  Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa)
142  Nathan Haas (Aus)
143  Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
144  Jacobus Venter (RSA)
145  Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri)
146  Ben O'Connor (Aus)
147  Serge Pauwels (Bel)
148  Johann Van Zyl (RSA)

Katusha-Alpecin
151  Maurits Lammertink (Ned)
152  Jenthe Biermans (Bel)
153  Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
154  Pavel Kochetkov (Rus)
155  Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus)
156  Marco Mathis (Ger)
157  Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den)
158  Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa)

Trek-Segafredo
161  Jarlinson Pantano (Col)
162  Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn)
163  Andre Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por)
164  Gregory Daniel (USA)
165  Michael Gogl (Aut)
166  Ruben Guerreiro (Por)
167  Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa)
168  Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)

Bora-Hansgrohe
171  Rafal Majka (Pol)
172  Cesare Benedetti (Ita)
173  Patrick Konrad (Aut)
174  Jay McCarthy (Aus)
175  Gregor Mühlberger (Aut)
176  Christoph Pfingsten (Ger)
177  Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut)
178  Michael Schwarzmann (Ger)

FDJ
181  Arthur Vichot (Fra)
182  Arnaud Courteille (Fra)
183  Marc Fournier (Fra)
184  David Gaudu (Fra)
185  Rudy Molard (Fra)
186  Cédric Pineau (Fra)
187  Kevin Reza (Fra)
188  Anthony Roux (Fra)

Bahrain-Merida
191  Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
192  Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn)
193  Grega Bole (Slo)
194  Tsgabu Grmay (Eth)
195  Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
196  Antonio Nibali (Ita)
197  Giovanni Visconti (Ita)
198  Wang Meiyin (Chn)

Direct Energie
201  Lilian Calmejane (Fra)
202  Fabien Grellier (Fra)
203  Romain Guillemois (Fra)
204  Jonathan Hivert (Fra)
205  Bryan Nauleau (Fra)
206  Paul Ourselin (Fra)
207  Perrig Quemeneur (Fra)
208  Romain Sicard (Fra)

Fortuneo - Vital Concept
211  Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
212  Franck Bonnamour (Fra)
213  Maxime Bouet (Fra)
214  Brice Feillu (Fra)
215  Armindo Fonseca (Fra)
216  Elie Gesbert (Fra)
217  Romain Hardy (Fra)
218  Eduardo Sepúlveda (Arg)

Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
221  Preben Van Hecke (Bel)
222  Maxime Farazijn (Bel)
223  Eliot Lietaer (Bel)
224  Ruben Pols (Bel)
225  Thomas Sprengers (Bel)
226  Dries Van Gestel (Bel)
227  Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel)
228  Jens Wallays (Bel)

Aqua Blue Sport
231  Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
232  Adam Blythe (GBr)
233  Mark Christian (GBr)
234  Conor Dunne (Irl)
235  Aaron Gate (NZl)
236  Lasse Norman Hansen (Den)
237  Daniel Pearson (GBr)
238  Michel Kreder (Ned)

WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
241  Sébastien Delfosse (Bel)
242  Gregory Habeaux (Bel)
243  Justin Jules (Fra)
244  Christophe Masson (Fra)
245  Olivier Pardini (Bel)
246  Dimitri Peyskens (Bel)
247  Maxime Vantomme (Bel)
248  Antoine Warnier (Bel)

 
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