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 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)
Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
Team Sky (GBr)
EF Education First-Drapac (USA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Ag2r La Mondiale (Fra)
Team Sunweb (Ger)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Direct Energie (Fra)
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.
La Flèche Wallonne 2017 results
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).
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|