Even the weather doesn’t seem impressed to have moved to the Ardennes, as at the beginning of this week certain areas of Europe saw snow—massive spring fail! Russ Ellis, lens at the ready, captured another spring classic with arrow like precision. Relive Flèche Wallonne.
Luckily the start was chilly but bright. Adam Blythe’s white short weather prayers had obviously been answered.
As with most of the classics, well the men’s racing anyway, there’s always a good 100km of racing to get done before anything exciting really starts to happen.
The Mur de Huy packs in a few punches to both the men’s and women’s pelotons; whilst spectators stand ring side, BBQ’s flaming, beers draining. The power of their roar aids a rhythm.
That’ll be the royal Huy to you! It seems that the Mur de Huy has found itself its King and Queen. Alejandro Valverde and Anna van de Breggen have both charged the infamous final climb to claim victory for the last three consecutive years.
With Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallone done and dusted, we look forward to tomorrow’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège sadly drawing the spring classics to a close.
Words: Hannah Troop, Russ Ellis Photos: Russ Ellis