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La Flèche Wallonne: From behind the lens

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Cycling News
Published:
April 22, 2010, 10:19 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2010, 2:20 BST
Race:
La Fléche Wallonne
Men's podium: Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Team Katusha), Cadel Evans (BMC), Alberto Contador (Astana)

Men's podium: Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Team Katusha), Cadel Evans (BMC), Alberto Contador (Astana)

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It had to happen: Cadel Evans grabbed the Mur de Huy by the horns and rode it superbly to take La Flèche Wallonne - his first win in the Ardennes - and achieved while wearing the rainbow stripes.

The Australian timed his attack to perfection on the final ascent of this torturous berg against the likes of Valverde, Cunego, Contador and Rodriguez in a performance that sends omimous signs to the competition for next month's Giro d'Italia.

Cyclingnews photographers including Roberto Bettini, Sirotti and co were there to capture all the action from the 74th edition of this wonderful mid-week Classic in southern Belgium.

Check out the race gallery for all images from this year's La Flèche Wallonne.

The big bunch climbs the Mur de Huy.

It's one of the most enduring images in world cycling - the peloton climbing the infamous Mur de Huy.

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) leads toward the line.

While Alberto Contador checks on the progress of countryman Joaquin Rodriguez, Cadel Evans goes about the business of climbing to victory on the Mur.

The Astana Express keeps Alberto Contador travelling at the front.

And before Contador got to the head of the race, his Astana teammates kept him well protected...

Karsten Kroon (BMC) suffered facial injuries in a crash.

BMC Racing's Karsten Kroon waits for help after suffering facial injuries in a fall mid-race.

Alberto Contador (Astana) climbs out of the saddle.

Contador leads Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Evans and Rodriguez in the final kilometres.

The peloton on the Mur de Huy

Meanwhile, the peloton behind made its way up the climb at a steadier pace.

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