La Flèche Wallonne organisers urged to move finish line to prevent another Valverde victory

Lotto-Soudal's Thomas De Gendt calls on A.S.O. to shake up parcours

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

With Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) the odds-on favourite to claim a fourth successive victory in La Flèche Wallonne this afternoon, race organisers have been urged to change up the parcours for future editions in order to provide opportunities for other riders.

The call was made by Lotto-Soudal's Thomas De Gendt, who said that Valverde was once again the outstanding favourite for this year's race, and that there was a need for the course to be changed if the race was to remain interesting and maintain its prestige.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.