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La Fleche Wallonne: Teams reconnoitre the Mur du Huy - Gallery

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Alejandro Valverde is aiming for three Fleche wins in a row on Wednesday

Alejandro Valverde is aiming for three Fleche wins in a row on Wednesday
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The Henao's climbing the Mur

The Henao's climbing the Mur
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Fränk Schleck (Trek-Segafredo)

Fränk Schleck (Trek-Segafredo)
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Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo)

Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo)

Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo)
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Ryder Hesjedal and Trek-Segafredo teammate Niccolò Bonifazio

Ryder Hesjedal and Trek-Segafredo teammate Niccolò Bonifazio
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Fans watch the recon as Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) climbs the Mur

Fans watch the recon as Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) climbs the Mur
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Jurgen Van den Broeck gets out of the saddle to climb to Mur

Jurgen Van den Broeck gets out of the saddle to climb to Mur
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Ben Gastauer with his AG2R teammates

Ben Gastauer with his AG2R teammates
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Ben Gastauer and Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale)

Ben Gastauer and Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale)
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)
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The Movistar team were well rugged up for the recon

The Movistar team were well rugged up for the recon
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Movistar also hit the slopes of the Mur

Movistar also hit the slopes of the Mur
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The Delko Marseille Provence KTM team is spread across the road on the Mur

The Delko Marseille Provence KTM team is spread across the road on the Mur
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Daniel Diaz (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

Daniel Diaz (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)
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Rémy Di Grégorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)

Rémy Di Grégorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM)
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The Astana team lead by LLL Sanchez and Dario Cataldo

The Astana team lead by LLL Sanchez and Dario Cataldo
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No mistaking what climb this is

No mistaking what climb this is
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A fan finds the Mur a little more difficult than Warren Barguil and Giant-Alpecin

A fan finds the Mur a little more difficult than Warren Barguil and Giant-Alpecin
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Warren Barguil of Giant-Alpecin)

Warren Barguil of Giant-Alpecin)
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Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin)

Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin)
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The IAM Cycling team

The IAM Cycling team
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Alberto Losado (Katusha) stretching his legs

Alberto Losado (Katusha) stretching his legs
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IAM Cycling was one of may teams out on the Mur

IAM Cycling was one of may teams out on the Mur
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The Katusha team climbing together

The Katusha team climbing together
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Carlos Betancur has finished on the podium once before at Fleche, finishing third in 2013

Carlos Betancur has finished on the podium once before at Fleche, finishing third in 2013
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A Movistar rider gets out of the saddle

A Movistar rider gets out of the saddle
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Andriy Grivko (Astana)

Andriy Grivko (Astana)
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Alexey Lutsenko at the back as Astana climb the Mur

Alexey Lutsenko at the back as Astana climb the Mur
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A monument remembering two-time Flèche winner Claude Criquielionhas been erected on the Mur de Huy

A monument remembering two-time Flèche winner Claude Criquielionhas been erected on the Mur de Huy
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All the necessary details of the Mur de Huy

All the necessary details of the Mur de Huy
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The Astana team on one of the steep corners

The Astana team on one of the steep corners
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Sergio and Sebastián Henao of Team Sky recon the climb

Sergio and Sebastián Henao of Team Sky recon the climb
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Jurgen Van den Broeck (Katusha)

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Katusha)
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There were plenty of fans joining the Katusha recon

There were plenty of fans joining the Katusha recon
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The Cofidis team is spread across the climb

The Cofidis team is spread across the climb
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The Cofidis team also hit the Mur

The Cofidis team also hit the Mur
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Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling)

Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling)
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Jon Izagirre (Movistar) on the Mur

Jon Izagirre (Movistar) on the Mur
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Three-time winner Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team where one of several squads to recon the the final and decisive climb, the Mur de Huy, of La Fleche Wallonne ahead of the mid-week Ardennes Classic. Team Sky, Astana and Katusha were among the other WorldTour teams to head to the climb for one final hit out before the 80th edition of the 196km race.

Valverde skipped Amstel Gold Race on Sunday with the 35-year-old deciding instead to the race the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon where he took two stage wins and the overall victory. The 2006, 2014 and 2015 winner of Fleche Wallonne is back in the Ardennes and while Valverde knows how to ride the Mur more than most riders in the current peloton, he reconned the climb with teammates such as Carlos Betancur, Giovanni Visconti and Ion Izagirre.

A fourth win would make history, propelling Valverde above fellow three-time winners Marcel Kint, Eddy Merckx, Moreno Argentin and Davide Rebellin.

Team Sky's Colombian duo Sergio Henao and his cousin Sebastian were also out and about reconning the climb along with several fans trying to match their high pace. Also spotted on the Mur du Huy was 2012 champion Joaquim Rodríguez with his Katusha team while the Giant-Alpecin, IAM Cycling, Astana and Trek-Segafredo squads also hit up the steep slope. Pro-Continental teams Delko Marseille Provence KTM and Cofidis were also testing their legs ahead of race day.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to see the riders on the Mur de Huy and watch the video below for our ten riders to watch in the Ardennes.