La Flèche Wallonne 2022: all you need to know
All the details of La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes, taking place on Wednesday April 20 in 2022
The second of three Ardennes Classics, La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes will take place on Wednesday April 20, 2022.
The Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège only added their women's editions of the races back in 2017, La Flèche Wallonne Femmes is coming back for its 25th anniversary with the men's race running for its 86th year in 2022.
Last year's event saw the race return to its usual slot after having a different slot in the calendar due to Covid-19 which saw the race take place after the Tour de France in the autumn.
It was world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) who managed to out climb and overpower his challengers which came in the shape of three-time Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and five-time Flèche winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Alaphilippe himself has now won the race three times, in 2018, 19 and 21. But the undisputed ruler of the Mur de Huy is now retired star Anna van der Breggen (then SD Worx) who has won the race seven years in a row (2015 to 2021).
This means that the women's race will see a brand new winner of the race for the first time since 2014 when Pauline Ferrand-Prévot took the win. Unless superstar Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) can win, making it her sixth victory on the Huy.
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 193.6km course.
British riders have won the women's edition four times with 2008 Beijing Olympic champion Nicole Cooke taking three, Emma Pooley the other between 2003 and 2010.
In the men's the closest anyone got was the great Tom Simpson in 1965 where he was beaten by two Italians, Roberto Poggiali and Felice Gimondi.
La Flèche Wallonne 2022 route
The route for the 2022 men's and women's races are yet to be announced, but will be located around the climb of the Mur de Huy with multiple ascents of the climb concluding with a finish atop it.
We will update this section when the route is announced.
La Flèche Wallonne 2022 start list
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
Israel Start-Up Nation
Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-Wallonie Bruxelles
VAN POUCKE Aaron
La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2021 start list
Team SD Worx
Liv Racing Xstra
UAE Team ADQ
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team
Valcar-Travel & Service
EF Education-Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur
Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch
Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire Cycling Team
Human Powered Health
Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
Uno-X Pro Cycling
La Flèche Wallonne 2022 TV guide
You will most likely be able to watch the race on Eurosport on your TV as well as Eurosport.com and GCN+ on your other devices.
This may not be available in certain countries, instead, you will need a VPN. More information is available on our La Flèche Wallonne streaming guide.
You can also keep up to date via the official Twitter, account @flechewallone and the official website: http://www.letour.fr/la-fleche-wallonne/
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
2018: Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
2019: Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck–Quick-Step
2020: Marc Hirschi (Sui) Team Sunweb
2021: Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step
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) Rabobank-Liv
2015: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv
2016: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv
2017: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
2018: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
2019: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
2020: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
2021: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Team SD Worx
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