Philippe Gilbert Unconcerned By His Fleche Wallone Performance

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Amstel Gold winner Philippe Gilbert brushed off his disappointing 10th placed finish at Fleche Wallonne, insisting he is focused on Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The 31-year-old Belgian was the clear favourite coming into Wednesday's race having blitzed the opposition in last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, where he finished … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins His Second Fleche Wallonne

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride … [Read more...]

Team Sky Brings Change To Fleche Wallonne Roster

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome's Team Sky have rung the changes ahead of Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race after a miserable start to the Ardennes Classics. Sky enjoyed a largely successful showing in the two Cobbled Classics this month with three top 10 finishes but their Ardennes Classics got off to a terrible start at Sunday's Amstel Gold … [Read more...]

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step Put Fleche Faith In Michal Kwiatkowski

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Omega-Pharma Quick-Step have put their faith in Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski for Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race. Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the 199.5km race last year and matched that position at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Having ended the Cobbled Classics on a high with Niki Terpstra's victory at Paris-Roubaix, Omega-Pharma have made … [Read more...]

Schleck and Rodriguez Fit For Fleche Wallonne Start

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck and Ardennes specialist Joaquim Rodriguez have both recovered from knocks to take part in Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne. Schleck, 28, and Rodriguez, 34, both crashed 80km into Sunday's Amstel Gold Race and, having been forced to abandon, later cast doubts over their ability to participate in Wednesday's … [Read more...]

Daniel Moreno Upsets Favorites As He Triumphs In Fleche Wallonne

HUY, Belgium, April 17, 2013 (AFP) - Spaniard Daniel Moreno won the second of the Ardennes Classics, the Fleche-Wallonne, on Wednesday giving his team Katusha their second successive victory in the race. The 31-year-old - whose team leader Joaquim Rodriguez won last year - beat two Colombians Sergio Henao and Carlos Alberto Betancur to the line in the 205km race. Rodriguez … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Reluctantly Tackling Fleche Wallonne, And Liege-Bastogne-Liege

BRUSSELS, April 15, 2013 (AFP) - Alberto Contador will be one of the main draws at the Fleche Wallonne classic on Wednesday but the former Tour de France winner claims he wanted to skip the event. The 30-year-old Spaniard's participation comes as something of a surprise after he recently said he was tired. His main aim for the year is a third Tour title in July. The … [Read more...]

Joaquim Rodriguez Given Go Ahead To Race The Fleche Wallonne

BINCHE, Belgium, April 16, 2013 (AFP) - Last year's Fleche Wallonne winner Joaquim Rodriguez will be at the start line on Wednesday for the 2013 edition of the race despite falling in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Rodriguez suffered bruising to his left thigh after the fall, but his participation in the race was confirmed by his team Katusha following a two-hour training session on … [Read more...]

Andy Schleck Hoping Amstel Gold Heralds Return To Form

THE HAGUE, April 13, 2013 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck will be hoping to use the Ardennes classics this month to complete his return to the top. Schleck will line up Sunday at the Amstel Gold race, the first of three Spring Classics in the hilly Ardennes region that will be followed by the Fleche Wallonne and then Liege-Bastogne-Liege. And although Schleck may … [Read more...]

Open Field Ready To Attack Fleche Wallonne

CHARLEROI, Belgium, April 17, 2012 (AFP) - After Enrico Gasparotto's surprise victory in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne could produce another unexpected winner. The race through the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium, which starts in Charleroi and ends on the grueling Mur de Huy climb, is the second of the Ardennes classics, sandwiched in between the … [Read more...]