La Flèche Wallonne 2021 - Preview

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe gets the better of Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and UAE Team Emirates’ Diego Ulissi to win the 2019 Flèche Wallonne
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La Flèche Wallonne returns to its usual mid-week spring slot on Wednesday, with the finish atop the Mur de Huy again expected to produce a big-name showdown, with riders fighting the double-digit gradient and their lactic acid levels on the most demanding and excruciating finale of a WorldTour race.

Last year, Marc Hirschi took a somewhat surprising victory on the Mur de Huy, out-sprinting Benoît Cosnefroy and Michael Woods to become the youngest ever winner at just 22, and only the second rider to win on their debut alongside a certain Eddy Merckx.

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