Watch: History of the Mur de Huy in cycling (video)

Short film looking at the history of the Mur de Huy climb, used as the finish of stage three of the 2015 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The Mur de Huy in Belgium has earned it place as one of cycle sport's iconic climbs, mainly thanks to its inclusion as the finishing climb of the Fleche Wallonne classic.

This year, the Mur de Huy provides the finale of stage three of the Tour de France - a nasty, leg-sapping climb whose gradient averages just under 10 per cent for 1.3 kilometres. The climb is sure to play its part in shaping the opening week of the 2015 Tours.

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To add to the atmosphere on the climb, it is always lined with thousands of vocal Belgian cycling fans and painted with the word 'Huy' along its length in a distinctive typeface.

This film looks back at the use of the Mur de Huy in Fleche Wallonne and the Tour de France over the years, with original footage from key races won by the likes of Rik Verbrugghe, Philippe Gilbert and Cadel Evans.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.