Edition 81 of La Flèche Wallonne – The Walloon Arrow in English – is held Wednesday 19 April 2017. The race dates back to 1936 and is marked by steep Ardennes hills. As of 1983 the finish is at the top of the Wall of Huy, a 1.3 kilometre climb with a steepest section at 17%.
In 2016, Alejandro Valverde took his fourth win, outpowering competition in the uphill sprint at the Wall of Huy. Julian Alaphilippe finished in second place, while Daniel Martin was third.