La Flèche Wallonne was bathed in sunshine on Wednesday, but a band of low pressure is set to bring snow and sleet to the Ardennes in time for Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The low pressure is set to sweep down from the North Sea into the Benelux region of northern Europe, which could dump a load of snow on cycling’s oldest Classic, according to Het Nieuwsblad.
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Such potentially extreme weather will have cycling fans reminiscing over the 1980 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, in which just 21 of the 174 participants reached the finish line in snow and freezing temperatures.
Bernard Hinault talks about the effects of the cold at the 1980 Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault crossed the line first that day, suffering frostbite to two of his fingers, which has caused lasting damage.
Hopefully the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol won’t be called into action, with stages at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico cancelled in March because of inclement weather.