La Flèche Wallonne 2021: all you need to know

All the details of La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes, taking place on Wednesday April 21 in 2021

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The second of three Ardennes Classics, La Flèche Wallonne and La Flèche Wallonne Femmes will take place on Wednesday April 21, 2021.

Whilst the Amstel Gold Race and Liège added women's races in 2017, La Flèche Wallonne Femmes is returning for its 24th edition, alongside the men's race now in its 85th year.

Last year's edition was held after the Tour de France in the Autumn due to Covid-19, but now the race is back in its usual slot.

It was young Swiss star, Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) who came out on top on the Mur de Huy climb ahead of Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2r-Citroën) and Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation).

Hirschi was expected to return to the race but his team had to pull out due to two positive Covid-19 tests within the team. Hirschi was coming into the race on relatively poor form after only racing twice since coming back from injury.

Over on the women's side of the race, there was no change to who crosses the line first with Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) taking the win for the sixth year in a row. The Dutch world champion is, however, coming back into fitness after being ill.

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.

La Flèche Wallonne 2021 route

The route for the 2021 men's race is set to start in Charleroi and take in 12 climbs along the 193.6km with the Mur de Huy featuring three times along the way.

Two other climbs will feature twice in the laps around the Mur, they are the Côte d'Ereffe and the Côte du chemin des Gueuses.

Image by La Flèche Wallonne (ASO)

The women's race takes on a much shorter route of 130.2km taking in eight climbs instead of the 12 ascents the men take on.

Starting at the bottom of the Mur de Huy, the race avoids the climb as they ride out of the neutral zone before taking on the climb two times. They will ride all but one of the categorised climbs on the men's route.

Image by La Flèche Wallone Femmes (ASO)

La Flèche Wallonne 2021 start list

Deceuninck - Quick-Step

ALAPHILIPPE Julian

VANSEVENANT Mauri

DEVENYNS Dries

CATTANEO Mattia

HONORÉ Mikkel

KNOX James

CERNY Josef

Team Jumbo-Visma

ROGLIČ Primož

VINGEGAARD Jonas

GESINK Robert

OOMEN Sam

HOFSTEDE Lennard

MARTENS Paul

PFINGSTON Christoph

Team DSM

LEKNESSUND Andreas

TUSVELD Martijn

ARENSMAN Thymen

VAN WILDER Ilan

HAGA Chad

BRENNER Marco

DONOVAN Mark

Lotto-Soudal

WELLENS Tim

GILBERT Philippe

VAN DER SANDE Tosh

MONIQUET Sylvain

GRIGNARD Sébastien

OLDANI Stefano

MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz

Team BikeExchange

MATTHEWS Michael

CHAVES Esteban

STANNARD Robert

JUUL-JENSEN Chris

GRMAY Tsgabu

PEÁK Barnabás

BOOKWALTER Brent

Cofidis

MARTIN Guillaume

PEREZ Anthony

LAFAY Victor

FERNÁNDEZ Rubén

GESCHKE Simon

BARCELÓ Fernando

HERRADA Jesús

Groupama-FDJ

GAUDU David

MADOUAS Valentin

MOLARD Rudy

LADAGNOUS Matthieu

ARMIRAIL Bruno

SEIGLE Romain

BONNET William

Movistar Team

VALVERDE Alejandro

MAS Enric

MAS Lluís

JORGENSON Matteo

VERONA Carlos

SERRANO Gonzalo

GARCÍA CORTINA Iván

Israel Start-Up Nation

WOODS Michael

NEILANDS Krists

IMPEY Daryl

PICCOLI James

SAGIV Guy

BOIVIN Guillaume

HOLLENSTEIN Reto

Trek-Segafredo

MOLLEMA Bauke

SKUJINS Toms

LÓPEZ Juan Pedro

EG Niklas

KAMP Alexander

BERNARD Julien

CONCI Nicola

Astana-Premier Tech

FUGLSANG Jakob

LUTSENKO Alexey

FRAILE Omar

ARANBURU Alex

HOULE Hugo

BATTISTELLA Samuele

DE BOD Stefan

Bora-Hansgrohe

SCHELLING Ide

SCHACHMANN Max

KONRAD Patrick

SCHILLINGER Andreas

GAMPER Patrick

BENEDETTI Cesare

MEEUS Jordi

Ag2r-Citroën Team

COSNEFROY Benoît

SCHÄR Michael

PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien

GODON Dorian

CHAMPOUSSIN Clément

DEWULF Stan

NAESEN Lawrence

Ineos Grenadiers

PIDCOCK Tom

YATES Adam

KWIATKOWSKI Michał

CARAPAZ Richard

GEOGHEGAN HART Tao

DUNBAR Eddie

DE PLUS Laurens

Bahrain Victorious

TEUNS Dylan

POELS Wout

MOHORIČ Matej

HAIG Jack

TRATNIK Jan

WILLIAMS Stephen

CAPECCHI Eros

Team Qhubeka-Assos

ARMÉE Sander

ARU Fabio

CLARKE Simon

POWER Robert

BENNETT Sean

HENAO Sergio

LINDEMAN Bert-Jan

EF Education-Nippo

HIGUITA Sergio

NAKANE Hideto

CARR Simon

CAICEDO Jonathan Klever

VALGREN Michael

HOWES Alex

CRADDOCK Lawson

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

HERMANS Quinten

BAKELANTS Jan

VLIEGEN Loïc

DE GENDT Aimé

ROTA Lorenzo

VAN MELSEN Kévin

LAMMERTINK Maurits

Alpecin-Fenix

DE TIER Floris

SBARAGLI Kristian

TULETT Ben

MEURISSE Xandro

WALSLEBEN Philipp

VERVAEKE Louis

JANSSENS Jimmy

Team Arkéa-Samsic

BARGUIL Warren

ROSA Diego

OWSIAN Łukasz

RIOU Alan

PICHON Laurent

LEDANOIS Kévin

LOUVEL Matis

Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-Wallonie Bruxelles

VANENDERT Jelle

MERTZ Rémy

WIRTGEN Luc

PAASSCHENS Mathijs

PAQUOT Tom

HUYS Laurens

MOLLY Kenny

Team Delko

GHIRMAY Biniam

FINETTO Mauro

JENSEN August

CARISEY Clément

FEDELI Alessandro

FERNÁNDEZ Delio

LE TURNIER Mathias

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

VAN POUCKE Aaron

VERWILST Aaron

HERREHODTS Rune

MERTENS Julian

COLMAN Alex

SPRENGERS Thomas

MARIT Arne

Gazprom-RusVelo

KREUZIGER Roman

CANOLA Marco

VELASCO Simone

CHERNETSKI Sergei

ROVNY Ivan

STRAKHOV Dmitry

RIKUNOV Petr

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2021 start list

SD Worx

VAN DER BREGGEN Anna

VOLLERING Demi

MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh

CANUEL Karol-Ann

SHACKLEY Anna

FISHER-BLACK Niamh

Trek-Segafredo

LONGO-BORGHINI Elisa

DEIGNAN Lizzie

CORDON-RAGOT Audrey

WINDER Ruth

WILES Tayler

Canyon-SRAM

NIEWIADOMA Kasia

BARNES Hannah

CHABBEY Elise

AMIALIUSIK Alena

HARVEY Mikayla

SHAPIRA Omer

Liv Racing

PALADIN Soraya

STULTIENS Sabrina

DEMEY Valerie

JACKSON Alison

JASKULSKA Marta

KOREVAAR Jeanne

Alé-BTC-Ljubljana

GARCÍA Mavi

REUSSER Marlen

GUDERZO Tatiana

CHURSINA Anastasiia

BASTIANELLI Marta

WRIGHT Sophie

Movistar Team

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek

AALERUD Katrine

THOMAS Leah

BIANNIC Aude

PATIÑO Paula Andrea

MARTIN Sara

Team BikeExchange

SPRATT Amanda

KENNEDY Lucy

WILLIAMS Georgia

SANTESTEBAN Ane

TENNIGLIO Moniek

ENSING Janneke

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup

FAHLIN Emilia

BORGLI Stine

CAVALLI Marta

MUZIC Évita

CHAPMAN Brodie

Team DSM

LIPPERT Liane

RIVERA Coryn

LABOUS Juliette

PEPERKAMP Esmée

MACKAIJ Floortje

SOEK Julia

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

MAGNALDI Erica

HAMMES Kathrin

RIJKES Sarah

LACH Marta

VIECELI Lara

ASENCIO Laura

Team Jumbo-Visma

VOS Marianne

HENDERSON Anna

KOSTER Anouska

KASPER Romy

BEEKHUIS Teuntje

VAN DE VELDE Julie

A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team

SIERRA Arlenis

NOVOLODSKAIA Maria

RAGUSA Katia

MILIAEVA Mariia

SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria

MERINO Eider

Lotto-Soudal

PLICHTA Anna

NILSSON Hanna

VANDER SANDE Elise

MEERTENS Lone

CASTRIQUE Alana

Parkhotel-Valkenburg

NOOIJEN Lieke

RAAIJMAKERS Marit

VAN BOKHOVEN Julia

BUYSMAN Nina

GERRITSE Femke

VAN ROOIJEN Sofie

Valcar-Travel & Service

POLLICINI Silvia

ARZUFFI Alice Maria

GASPARRINI Eleonora

MALCOTTI Barbara

MAGRI Silvia

PIERGIOVANNI Federica Damiana

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

STEPHENS Lauren

YONAMINE Eri

GIGANTE Sarah

KESSLER Nina

NEWSOM Emily

FAULKNER Kristen

Team Arkéa

RICHIOUD Greta

VERHULST Gladys

CURINIER Lea

JOURNIER Lucie

LAURANCE Typhanie

LEVENEZ Sandra

Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur

LOWDEN Jos

CHRISTIAN Anna

CHRISTMAS Dani

TOWERS Alice

PENTON Sara

VAN DER DUIN Maike

Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch

LANG Mae

FABER Claire

WEISS Sandra

SCHIFF Carolin

MCMULLEN Rylee

DANFORD Georgia

Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire Cycling Team

DE JONG Thalita

JONGERIUS Claudia

VAN DEN STEEN Kelly

GHEKIERE Justine

Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team

ZABELINSKAYA Olga

GALIMULLINA Iuliia

GAREEVA Aigul

STIASNY Petra

BUCH Hannah

MÄDER Thalea

Rally Cycling

KOPPENBURG Clara

POIDEVIN Sara

CLOUSE Katie

DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel

GANZAR Leigh-Ann

FRANZ Heidi

Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport

BAKKER Minke

KULYNYCH Olha

VAN EYNDE Fien

SNIEZYNSKA Barbara

AERNOUTS Amber

La Flèche Wallonne 2021 TV guide

You will be able to watch the race on Eurosport on your TV as well as Eurosport Player 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

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

2020: Anna van der Breggen (Ned)  Boels-Dolmans

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