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PREVIEW: Fleche Wallonne
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PREVIEW: Fleche Wallonne

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

The race is marked by the finish at the top of the Mur de Huy, a 1.3 kilometre climb with its steepest section at 17%. La Flèche Wallonne takes in nine climbs towards the end of the race.

Last year, Alejandro Valverde took his fourth win, out sprinting Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin.

 
Peter Sagan to race Eschborn-Frankfurt
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Peter Sagan to race Eschborn-Frankfurt

It will be the first ever time for the BORA – hansgrohe captain, racing the “Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt” on May 1st. The demanding 220km course, with a finishing circuit in Frankfurt, should suit the UCI World Champion.

After Paris-Roubaix, Sagan took a three-week vacation. Eschborn-Frankfurt will be the start to his second part of the season, which leads him after Frankfurt with Amgen Tour of California and Tour de Suisse, to the Tour de France in Düsseldorf.

His goal there will be to retain his five consecutive wins of the Green Jersey.

 
Philippe Gilbert to miss the rest of Ardennes Classics
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Philippe Gilbert to miss the rest of Ardennes Classics

Gilbert ordered to rest after a minor tear in his kidney in a crash at Amstel Gold.

Four-time winner of the Dutch race was suffering from pain on his right side after a crash at the Amstel Gold.

He went to the hospital for examinations that determined that he has a minor right kidney tear that requires a week of rest.

 

 
Philippe Gilbert wins the Amstel Gold race
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Philippe Gilbert wins the Amstel Gold race

It was a tough day for the Pro Peloton in the Netherlands with strong winds, 35 climbs and 261 kilometres of racing.

An early break of 12 riders was reeled in by a chasing peloton with 44 kms to go.

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) out sprinted final breakaway companion Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the closing metres to take his fourth win at the Amstel Gold Race.

 
PREVIEW: Amstel Gold Race
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PREVIEW: Amstel Gold Race

The cobbled classics have come to an end and now it's time for Ardennes Week for the Pro Peloton. The first race is this Sunday's 52nd edition of the Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands. Starting in Maastricht, the race is 261 kms long. 

The route contains lots of twists and turns on very narrow country roads, with lots of climbs and road furniture too. Crashes are common and the favourites face a constant battle to be near the front, so the pace is typically fast and furious.

Preview of the course, the teams, and the favorites ahead of this Sunday's action.