All the details of La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes, taking place on Wednesday April 18 in 2018

The second of three Ardennes Classics in the space of a week, La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes will take place on Wednesday April 18 – sandwiched between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Whilst the Amstel Gold Race and Liège added women’s races in 2017, La Flèche Wallonne Femmes is returning for its 21st addition, alongside the men’s race now in its 82nd year.

La Flèche Wallonne is essentially won or lost on the short but brutal Mur de Huy (1.3km at 9.6 per cent), the steepest finishing climb in Classics cycling, which features three times along the 196km course.

After months of hard miles over cobbles in Flanders, the one-day climbers will get their chance at glory over a rolling parcours.

La Flèche Wallonne 2018 Route

This year’s race will take place entirely within the Province of Liège, starting in Seraing and featuring La Vecquée and the  Côte de La Redoute.

The finish will remain unchanged – riders entering the 29km finishing circuit before an ascent of the Mur de Huy, after 198.5km of racing

The women’s race will cover 118.5km – but has seen a change for 2018, with a second ascent of the Côte de Cherave added. The finish is likely still to be decided atop the Mur de Huy, however.

La Flèche Wallonne Route

La Flèche Wallonne Route

La Flèche Wallonne Profile

La Flèche Wallonne Profile

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes Route

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes Route

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes Profile

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes Profile

La Flèche Wallonne 2018 start list

Full start lists are yet to be announced, however we do know that alongside the 18 UCI WorldTour teams, seven guest teams have been invited.

BMC Racing (USA)
Mitchelton-Scott (Aus)
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
Team Sky (GBr)
EF Education First-Drapac (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Lotto-Soudal (Bel)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)
LootoNL-Jumbo (Ned)
Movistar (Esp)
FDJ (Fra)
Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)
Astana (Kaz)
Bahrain-Merida (Brn)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Direct Energie (Fra)

Guest teams:

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
Delko Marseille Provence KTM (FRA)
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (BEL)
Team Fortuneo – Samsic (FRA)
Vital Concept Cycling Club (FRA)
WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic (BEL)
Wanty – Groupe Gobert (BEL)

Team lists for La Flèche Wallonne Femmes are yet to be announced – but as a UCI Women’s WorldTour event we can expect to see the biggest players there.

La Flèche Wallonne 2018 TV schedule

Last year, the race was broadcast live on Eurosport one, with highlights on Eurosport two – and we can expect to see a similar set up repeated.

Official Twitter account: @flechewallone
Official website: http://www.letour.fr/la-fleche-wallonne/2016/us/

La Flèche Wallonne 2017 results

The men’s race was won for a fifth time Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – the Spaniard claiming a fourth consecutive win on the Mur de Huy.

Once again, the race was decided on the 22 per cent climb, with Valverde distancing his rivals – leaving Daniel Martin Quick-Step Floors) in second, one second back, alongside third place rider Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team).

Anna van der Breggen makes it three consecutive Fleche Wallonne Femmes victories

Anna van der Breggen makes it three consecutive Fleche Wallonne victories. Photo: Twitter/Boels-Dolmans

The women’s edition went to the year’s Queen of the Ardennes – Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) – the defending Olympic champion who won the trio in 2017. Van der Breggen now has three wins on the Mur de Huy to her name. Team mate Lizzie Deignan was sixteen seconds back, with Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie) in third.

La Flèche Wallonne previous winners

2000 Francesco Casagrande (ITA) Vini Caldirola–Sidermec
2001 Rik Verbrugghe (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2002 Mario Aerts (BEL) Lotto–Adecco
2003 Igor Astarloa (ESP) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2004 Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2005 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas–Bianchi
2006 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne–Illes Balears
2007 Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2008 Kim Kirchen (LUX) Team High Road
2009 Davide Rebellin (ITA) Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team
2011 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012 Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha
2013 Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha
2014 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2015 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2016 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team
2017 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes previous winners

2000 Geneviève Jeanson (CAN)
2001 Fabiana Luperini (ITA) Edil Savino
2002 Fabiana Luperini (ITA) Edil Savino
2003 Nicole Cooke (GBR) Ausra Gruodis-Safi
2004 Sonia Huguet (FRA) French National Team
2005 Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
2006 Nicole Cooke (GBR) Univega Pro Cycling Team
2007 Marianne Vos (NED) DSB Bank – LTO
2008 Marianne Vos (NED) DSB Bank – LTO
2009  Marianne Vos (NED) DSB Bank – LTO
2010 Emma Pooley (GBR) Cervelo Test Team
2011  Marianne Vos (NED) Nederland Bloeit
2012  Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-Lululemon
2013  Marianne Vos (NED) Rabo Women Cycling Team
2014  Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) Rabo-Liv
2015 Anna van der Breggen (NED) Rabo-Liv
2016  Anna van der Breggen (NED) Rabo-Liv
2017 Anna van der Breggen (NED)  Boels-Dolmans