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 22 – 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 23nd addition, alongside the men’s race now in its 84rd year.
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The reigning winners remain unchanged going into 2020 – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) took victory in 2019 and 2018.
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 2020 route
This year, the men’s race will start in Herve – it will be the first time the town has hosted the race, or indeed any WorldTour race.
The partnership between the Province of Liège and organisers ASO is due to last until 2024. The race will stat in a new Walloon own or municipality each year – in 2019 it was Ans. Regardless of the start, both the men’s and women’s races will continue to be decided atop of the Mur, thanks to a deal with Huy.
The 29 kilometre finishing circuit – which the riders will complete twice – sees them climb the Côte d’Ereffe, Côte de Cherave and Mur de Huy – finishing atop the Mur after 198.5 kilometres of racing.
The women conclude their race with two laps of the same finishing circuit.
La Flèche Wallonne 2020 TV schedule
TV times are yet to be released, but it is expected that the race will be broadcast on Eurosport.
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
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
2018 Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels-Dolmans
2019 Anna van der Breggen (NED) Boels-Dolmans