La Flèche Wallonne traditionally hinges on who’s got the most legs on the final ascent of the fierce Mur de Huy climb at the end of the race. But with the attacking style of racing we’ve seen throughout 2016 already, who knows how the race will go?
Now in it’s 80th edition, La Flèche Wallonne is made famous by its tough finishing climb; a gruelling 1.3km slog averaging nine per cent with some sections hitting over 20 per cent gradient. the Mur de Huy isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde began the 2016 edition of the race as favourite, looking for his third consecutive win and fourth career victory at Flèche, but he’d face competition from Etixx-Quick Step duo Dan Martin and last year’s runner-up Julian Alaphilippe.
Previous winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) would also be looking to add another Flèche title to his palmarès, while Philippe Gilbert (BMC) could be looking to regain some ground after a poor showing at Amstel Gold Race.