La Flèche Wallonne plays host to the second of the third Ardennes Classics in Belgium on Wednesday (April 21).


Flèche Wallonne – or the Walloon Arrow – is a different beast to Amstel Gold, and not just because it’s in Belgium rather than Holland.



Flèche is a fair bit hillier than Amstel and is suited more to puncheurs and climbers; even more so this year with the organisers making some late changes to the route to make it that bit hillier.



The finishing loops have been swapped so that the riders will now tackle the infamous Mur de Huy for the second time just 30km from the finish.



There will also be an additional ascent just 11km from the finish at the top of the Mur in the shape of the Cote d’Ereffe.



Last year, Davide Rebellin outsprinted Andy Schleck to claim victory on the Mur, although his win was to be overshadowed by a positive doping test.



Philippe Gilbert’s emphatic win in Amstel Gold may be hard to repeat in Flèche. The Mur de Huy is more suited to the likes of Schleck and Damiano Cunego, but also Alberto Contador, who is set to ride this year.



British riders on the start list are Steve Cummings, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins (all Sky).  

La Fleche Wallonne 2010: Route

Belgium

Wednesday, April 21

Distance: 198km

Starts: Charleroi

Finishes: Huy

La Fleche Wallonne 2010: Teams



Milram


Omega Pharma-Lotto


Quick Step


Landbouwkrediet


Topsport Vlaanderen



Saxo Bank



Caisse d’Epargne


Euskaltel – Euskadi



BMC


Garmin-Transitions


HTC-Columbia


RadioShack


Sky



AG2R La Mondiale


Bbox Bouygues Telecom


Cofidis


Française des Jeux



Acqua & Sapone


Androni Giocattoli


Lampre-Farnese


Liquigas-Doimo



Astana



Rabobank



Katusha



Cervelo

La Fleche Wallonne 2010: British riders

Steve Cummings (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

La Fleche Wallonne 2010: TV guide

Wednesday, April 21: 1-3.30pm, LIVE coverage, British Eurosport

Wednesday, April 21: 10-11pm, highlights, British Eurosport

La Fleche Wallonne: Recent winners

2009 Davide Rebellin (Italy) Serramenti-PVC Diquigiovanni

2008 Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg) High Road

2007 Davide Rebellin (Italy) Gerolsteiner

2006 Alejandro Valverde (Spain) Caisse d’Epargne

2005 Danilo Di Luca (Italy) Liquigas

2004 Davide Rebellin (Italy) Gerolsteiner

2003 Igor Astarloa (Spain) Saeco

2002 Mario Aerts (Belgium) Lotto-Adecco

2001 Rik Verbrugghe (Belgium) Lotto-Adecco

2000 Francesco Casagrande (Italy) Vini Caldirola

1999 Michele Bartoli (Italy) Mapei

Fleche Wallonne peloton

La Fleche Wallonne: Last year’s top ten

1. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti-PVC Diquigiovanni

2. Andy Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank at 2secs

3. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre at same time

4. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel Euskadi at 7secs

5. Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence Lotto

6. Tomas Lövkvist (Swe) Columbia-Highroad at same time

7. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne at 11secs

8. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervelo test team

9. Michael Albasini (Sui) Columbia-Highroad at same time

10. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r at 15secs

British

34. Chris Froome (GB) Barloworld at 43secs

72. Dan Fleeman (GB) Cervelo at 2-55

84. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha at 3-06

92. Steve Cummings (GB) Barloworld at 3-09

La Fleche Wallonne: British performances

We chart the achievements of British riders in Fleche Wallonne. The last Briton to place in the top 20 was Robert Millar’s ninth in 1990.

3rd – Tom Simpson 1965

4th – Brian Robinson 1955

6th – Paul Watson 1987

7th – Tom Simpson 1960

9th – Robert Millar 1990

10th – Tom Simpson 1963

11th – Alan Ramsbottom 1963 & 1965

12th – Robert Millar 1987

13th – Michael Wright 1965

14th – John Kennedy 1960

18th – Barry Hoban 1969

20th – Barry Hoban 1968

Related links



Spring Classics 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

  • Ken Evans

    “Maybe we could play the game of
    “Spot the clean previous winner”? ”

    Or “Spot the clean previous British rider” ?

  • Cynic

    Maybe we could play the game of “Spot the clean previous winner”?