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71st La Flèche Wallone Race Preview
 
By Staff
Date: 4/23/2007
71st La Flèche Wallone Race Preview
 

by Alicia Hopkins

71st Edition - Wednesday,  April 25, 2007 - Start Time 11:15 CEDT

In the early 1930s the newspaper, Les Sports created La Flèche Wallone in order to bolster it's sales, and held the first edition of the race in 1936. Since the inception of the race, the route has varied dramatically over time, with the first edition beginning in Tournai and concluding in Liège with a distance of 236km. In 1938, the parcours grew to a massive 300km, which is the race's longest edition. From 1948 onward La Flèche has started in Charleroi, with a few changes along the way, including a reverse edition in 1960 (Liège  to Charleroi). To date, the event starts in Charleroi and heads east to Huy, where the riders do three laps of a tough circuit including the steep Mur de Huy (The wall of Huy) climb, with several sections steeper than 15%, with the finish at the top of the Mur after the third ascent. The record for the most wins stands at three with Marcel Kint (1943, 1944, and 1945), Eddy Merckx (1967, 1970, and 1972), and the only Italian to hold this record, Moreno Argentin (1990, 1991, and 1994).


Course Profile Courtesy of the Official Race Website

 


The peloton climbs the Mur de Huy Photo © Foto Sirotti

The favorites for this year's edition must include the alumni of winners Gerolsteiner's Davide Rebellin, Liquigas' Danilo Di Luca, and Caisse D'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde. Other riders that are sure to try to make the final selection include the following:  AG2R Prevoyance's former French National Cyclocross champion John Gadret, and this year's GP Miguel Indurain winner, Rinaldo Nocentini along with Astana's Mattias Kessler and the 2006 Vuelta a España winner, Alexander Vinokourov. Discovery Channel's Allan Davis and Stijn Devolder, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel), Phillipe Gilbert (FDJeux), Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto),  JJ Cobo and Giberto Simoni (Saunier-Duval), Kim Kirchen (T-Mobile), Frank Schleck and Karsten Kroon (CSC), Igor Astraloa (Milram), Alexander Efimkin (Barloworld), and last but certainly not least Rabobank's Michael Boogerd, and the current World Road Race Champion, Quickstep's Paolo Bettini.


2006 winner Alejandro Valverde
Photo © Foto Sirotti


2005 Winner Danilo Di Luca
Photo © Corvos

Previous Winners

Year   Winner kilometres

2006

 

VALVERDE Alejandro

202

2005

 

DI LUCA Danilo

201.5

2004

 

REBELLIN Davide

199.5

2003

 

ASTARLOA Igor

199.5

2002

 

AERTS Mario

198

2001

 

VERBRUGGHE Rik

198

2000

 

CASAGRANDE Francesco

200

1999

 

BARTOLI Michele

200

1998

 

HAMBURGER Bo

201

1997

 

JALABERT Laurent

200

1996

 

ARMSTRONG Lance

201

1995

 

JALABERT Laurent

203

1994

 

ARGENTIN Moreno

205

1993

 

FONDRIEST Maurizio

206

1992

 

FURLAN Giorgio

204

1991

 

ARGENTIN Moreno

203

1990

 

ARGENTIN Moreno

208

1989

 

CRIQUIELION Claude

253

1988

 

GOLZ Rolf

243

1987

 

LECLERCQ Jean-Claude

245

1986

 

FIGNON Laurent

248

1985

 

CRIQUIELION Claude

219

1984

 

ANDERSEN Kim

247

1983

 

HINAULT Bernard

248

1982

 

BECCIA Mario

251

1981

 

WILLEMS Daniel

240

1980

 

SARONNI Giuseppe

248

1979

 

HINAULT Bernard

248

1978

 

LAURENT Michel

223

1977

 

MOSER Francesco

223

1976

 

ZOETEMELK Joop

227

1975

 

DIERICKX André

225

1974

 

VERBEECK Frans

225

1973

 

DIERICKX André

249

1972

 

MERCKX Eddy

249

 

 
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