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La Fleche Wallonne, Herve to Huy, 200km

10:40 US Eastern, 16:40 Europe -  This is the top ten:

1 Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 4:49:17
2 Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
3 Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling
4 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation
6 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
7 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:05
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
9 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
10 Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team 0:00:10

10:39 US Eastern, 16:39 Europe -  Hirschi said after winning, "I had good legs!"

10:39 US Eastern, 16:39 Europe -  One of the best editions of Flèche Wallonne in recent years. Some ride by Vansevenant, shame his crash cost him the chance to lead the race onto the Mur the final time. Hirschi top class once again. What a month he's had

10:27 US Eastern, 16:27 Europe -  Final uphill sprint finish

10:26 US Eastern, 16:26 Europe -  Top 5 - Marc Hirschi, Benoit COSNEFROY, Michael Woods, Warren BARGUIL and Dan Martin

10:23 US Eastern, 16:23 Europe -  Hirschi just got on the right wheels the entire way up the Mur de Huy... smart riding and great maturity

10:22 US Eastern, 16:22 Europe -  Michael Woods on the front but swiss rider Marc Hirschi comes round to win!

10:21 US Eastern, 16:21 Europe -  Richie Porte comes to the front!

10:20 US Eastern, 16:20 Europe -  Kwaitkowski, Hirschi, Barguil, Porte all here!

10:19 US Eastern, 16:19 Europe -  900 metres to go!

10:18 US Eastern, 16:18 Europe -  1.6 kms to go they have been caught! Here we go!

10:17 US Eastern, 16:17 Europe -  Behind, the peloton are closing in, they have around 10 seconds max!

10:17 US Eastern, 16:17 Europe -  3.2kms to go and Uran catches him.

10:12 US Eastern, 16:12 Europe -  4kms to go and Mauri Vansevenant has crashed on a bend, he's back on!

10:09 US Eastern, 16:09 Europe -  8.5 kms and Mauri Vansevenant has just 17 secs lead ahead of Rigoberto Uran

10:07 US Eastern, 16:07 Europe -  10 kms to go and Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-Quick Step) has a lead of 30saheadof Uran who has attacked and is chasing him down.

10:04 US Eastern, 16:04 Europe -  Rigoberto Uran attacks out of the peloton!

10:02 US Eastern, 16:02 Europe -  13 kms to go and a thrilling moment for Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-Quick Step)who has 46s lead!

09:58 US Eastern, 15:58 Europe -  Costa back in the bunch - with 16 kilometres to go.

09:58 US Eastern, 15:58 Europe -  Rui Costa attacks - The Portuguese national champion attacks with one kilometre to the summit of the Côte d'Ereffe.

09:52 US Eastern, 15:52 Europe -  The breakaway is over for the French and the Belgian rider.

09:51 US Eastern, 15:51 Europe -  Up front only Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Mathijs Paasschens (WB Bingoal) are together now. but their lead is dropping fast!

09:51 US Eastern, 15:51 Europe -  The peloton is down to 160 riders, with EF, Sunweb and Lotto driving the chase.

09:19 US Eastern, 15:19 Europe -  24 kms to go and the gap is down to 1m 10s

09:18 US Eastern, 15:18 Europe -  44 kms to go and the four breakaway leaders gap has reduced to 2m 39s

09:17 US Eastern, 15:17 Europe -  UAE are riding up front for Pogacar, with EF riding to set-up Michael Woods and Ineos for Kwiatkowski. We are expecting attacks on the late climbs but these three climbs and others will surely chase them down for a classic race up the Mur de Huy. 

09:17 US Eastern, 15:17 Europe -  50 kms to go: After cresting the Côte d'Ereffe for the second time, the break holds a 3-minute gap on the chasing duo and 5 minutes on the bunch.

08:47 US Eastern, 14:47 Europe -  The break hits the Mur de Huy for the first time with a lead 3m 55s with 63 kms to go

08:47 US Eastern, 14:47 Europe -  The main challenge of the Flèche Wallonne is the Mur de Huy, which the riders are facing for the first time right now. 1,3 kilometres long, it has an average gradient of 9,6% with stretches at 19%. It will be crested with 63,5 and 32 kilometres to go before the final climb that will define the outcome of the race.

07:54 US Eastern, 13:54 Europe -  As we enter the final 100km the roads are rolling much more, with some exposed roads too. The break leads the peloton by 6:30 but the speed is up.  

07:54 US Eastern, 13:54 Europe -  100 km to go: The break crosses into the Liege province now and is speeding towards the finishing circuit around Huy. 

The  final 85km will be ridden on a 32km circuit that includes three climbs: the Côte d’Ereffe (-19km), the Côte du Chemin des Gueuses (-9,5km) and, of course, the Mur de Huy.

07:26 US Eastern, 13:26 Europe -  The British team takes the initiative on the peloton and works alongside UAE Team Emirates. They are thinking of the chances of Michal Kwiatkowski, podium finisher on the 2014 edition of the Flèche Wallonne who comes in good shape after winning a stage in the Tour de France and placing 4th in the World Championships. 7’30” gap on the kilometre 67 of the race.

06:59 US Eastern, 12:59 Europe -  50 kms into the race and Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Mathijs Paasschens (WB Bingoal) and Marlon Gaillard (Total Direct Energie) have a huge lead of 9m 10s on the peloton.

06:47 US Eastern, 12:47 Europe -  155kms to go and the breakaway has an advantage of over 8 minutes

06:47 US Eastern, 12:47 Europe -  In the breakaway are; Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Mathijs Paasschens (WB Bingoal) and Marlon Gaillard (Total Direct Energie). They got away after 23 kilometres

06:22 US Eastern, 12:22 Europe -  Hello welcome, to our coverage of La Flèche Wallonne which starts in 40 minutes, 07:00 Eastern, 12:00 UK, 13:00 Europe

Dating back to 1936, the steep hills of the Ardennes are emblematic of the race, which adds up to 202 kilometres this year. As always, the finish lies atop the Mur de Huy, a 1.3 kilometres climb with sections up to 17%.

The 84th edition of the Flèche Wallonne is starting from Herve, a village 15 kilometres east from Liège. The peloton will then ride across the Wallonia countryside to later reach Huy, where it will enter a 32-kilometre circuit due to be ridden three times. The route around Huy has been slightly revamped to avoid the Côte de Cherave, unavailable due to construction works and replaced by the Côte du Chemin des Gueuses. This new climb, 1,8-kilometre long with an average gradient of 6,5%, will play the same role as the Côte de Cherave.

This year it could be a strange edition of La Flèche Wallonne, with the winner from the last two years Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) not featuring, instead taking time to recover from his Worlds victory on Sunday.

2011 winner Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) will be at the BinckBank Tour instead, while five-time winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will also miss the race to focus his efforts on taking a fifth Liège-Bastogne-Liège title.

So, a new winner will be crowned on Wednesday, then. And even without past winners on the start list, there are plenty of big names lining up to fight for victory on the Mur de Huy. Five of the top 10 riders at the Tour de France will take the start, led by Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) will take part for a second time, while Rigoberto Urán (EF Pro Cycling) and Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) will also race. However, the best chances of those GC men might come from the more explosive climbers like Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren).

Tour de France double-stage winner and Worlds bronze medallist Marc Hirschi will head up Team Sunweb, while EF's Colombian climber Daniel Martínez, the Dauphiné winner, is also on the start list along with teammate Sergio Higuita.

While there are no previous winners to start, there are several past podium finishers in contention for the win. Double runner-up Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) will be among the top favourites following 10 days of rest after the Tour, while the third-placed man in Dylan Teuns should lead Bahrain McLaren.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) finished third in 2014 and is in good form after his fourth place at the Worlds. The UAE Team Emirates duo of Diego Ulissi and Sergio Henao have also finished on the podium of Flèche before, as have veterans Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jelle Vanendert (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles).

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