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April 19/17 10:45 am - La Fleche Wallonne men's results, Woods 11th

Posted by Editoress on 04/19/17

Valverde gets his "Manita" on the Mur
A major effort from Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) in the final climbs of the 81st Flèche Wallonne couldn't prevent Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) from dominating the Mur de Huy for the fourth time in a row. "El Imbatido" accelerated in the final 200 metres to bring up to five his record number of victories on the Belgian classic. Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Dylan Teuns (BMC) follow him on the podium.

Alejandro Valverde:  "Being able to win today is a matter of confidence, strength and also having a tremendous team. I am in a very good physical shape and my team has worked hard to put me in the best position possible. We were convinced that we were going to win. I am very happy, and very confident for Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. "

200 riders took the start from Binche and Yoann Bagot (Cofidis), Nils Politt (Katusha Alpecin) and Olivier Pardini (WB Veranclassic) were the first to attack after 10 km to form the break. Fabien Doubey (Wanty-Gobert), Romain Guillemois (Direct Energie) and Daniel Pearson (Aqua Blue Sport) joined them in the lead group at km 27.5, at which time the peloton was alr.

Movistar decided to set the pace in the peloton to defend Alejandro Valverde's shot at a fifth win on the Flèche Wallonne. The gap then slowly increased to a maximum of 6:05 by the 60 kilometres mark. Movistar kept controlling the race and received help from Orica-Scott as the race entered in the last 100 km. The pack tackled the first climb of the day, the côte d'Amay (km 131.5), with a gap of 3:30.

De Marchi on the counter-attack
The leaders stuck together during the first climbs but the Mur de Huy created challenges. Politt was the first to drop out of the break, while the peloton accelerated and summited with a delay down to 1:40. The rollercoaster designed for the last 75 kilometres (9 climbs, including the Mur de Huy three times) slowly altered the race situation. Olivier Pardini was finally caught with 35.5 km to go, after 160 km at the front of the race.

Meanwhile, Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) accelerated in the côte d'Ereffe. And again in the côte de Cherave. These successive efforts allowed him to tackle the second climb of the Mur de Huy as the sole leader. He maintained a 20s gap over the peloton before Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) jumped in pursuit and joined him with 25 km to go.

Jungels couldn't derail Valverde

With only three more climbs to go, the battle for placings turned up the heat in the peloton. Orica-Scott were still the most active to try and control the gap with Jungels and De Marchi. The Luxembourg champion went solo with 13 km to go. His lead over the peloton quickly rose and was still up to 30 seconds at the top of the côte de Cherave, with only 5.5 km and the final climb of the Mur de Huy to go.

Jungels still had a 25-second lead at the bottom of the mighty climb but he was swallowed by the peloton with 800 metres to go. French neo pro David Gaudu (FDJ) tried to accelerate with 500 metres to go but Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) immediately jumped in his wheel. The king of the Mur de Huy then went for his usual acceleration, less than 200 metres away from the finish line. Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Dylan Teuns (BMC) just couldn't hold on, while Sky's strong duo came up short, with Sergio Henao 4th and Michal Kwiatkowski 7th.

Report courtesy ASO


Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac Team) improved his 2016 12th place by 1 position to arrive at the line in 11th, just 1 second behind the winner.


Results from La Flèche Wallonne in Belgium

Binche to Huy, 204.5 km
1 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 5:15:37
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors at 0:01
3 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky
5 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-Scott
6 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
8 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ
9 David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ
10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
11 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac Team
12 Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida all s.t.
13 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08
14 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
16 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe all s.t.
17 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:13
18 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe both s.t.
20 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie 0:16
21 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac Team
22 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team both s.t.
23 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac Team 0:21
24 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept s.t.
25 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin 0:24
26 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
27 Mathias Frank (Sui) AG2R La Mondiale 0:29
28 Igor Anton (Esp) Dimension Data s.t.
29 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:35
30 Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky s.t.
31 Rui Alberto Costa Da Faria (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:37
32 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb 0:39
33 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:42
34 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ s.t.
35 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:45
36 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data s.t.
37 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 0:48
38 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:50
39 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 0:53
40 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:54
41 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
42 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
43 Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
44 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
45 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates all s.t.
46 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team 1:01
47 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
48 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
49 Daniel Moreno (Esp) Movistar Team
50 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
51 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
52 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
53 Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
54 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise all s.t.
55 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 1:13
56 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
57 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Astana Pro Team both s.t.
58 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 1:17
59 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:21
60 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
61 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
62 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
63 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 1:26
64 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky s.t.
65 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:34
66 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
67 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
68 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo all s.t.
69 José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team 1:38
70 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1:44
71 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:52
72 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-Scott 2:09
73 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
74 André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo
75 Carlos Alberto Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
76 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
77 Luis Angel Mate Mardonnes (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
78 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:13
79 Jesus Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team
80 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
81 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
82 Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
83 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac Team
84 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac Team
85 Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac Team
86 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept all s.t.
87 Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 2:20
88 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo s.t.
89 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 2:23
90 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie s.t.
91 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 2:27
92 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
93 Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2:31
94 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
95 Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
96 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team
97 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
98 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
99 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect 2:41
100 Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect s.t.
101 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 2:46
102 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida s.t.
103 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 2:56
104 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
105 Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport both s.t.
106 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3:00
107 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:04
108 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb s.t.
109 Ángel Vicioso (Esp) Katusha-Alpecin 3:11
110 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie 3:14
111 Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ 3:19
112 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky 3:22
113 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 3:30
114 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:32
115 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
116 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 3:55
117 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise s.t.
118 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 4:20
119 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal 4:36
120 Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
121 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe both s.t.
122 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 5:51
123 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
124 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
125 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott all s.t.
126 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 5:54
127 Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
128 Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
129 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data all s.t.
130 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott 6:09
131 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida 6:16
132 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 6:42
133 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 7:04
134 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac Team
135 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team both s.t.
136 Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 7:14
137 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 7:16
138 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 7:46
139 Cedric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 8:56
140 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
141 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8:59
142 Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie
143 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
144 Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
145 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
146 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
147 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 9:05
148 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
149 Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb
150 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
151 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin all s.t.
152 Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek - Segafredo 12:40
153 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - Segafredo
154 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
155 Jesus Alberto Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Trek - Segafredo
156 Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise all s.t.
157 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie 12:52
158 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain - Merida 12:55
159 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Team Dimension Data
160 Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect both s.t.
161 Tom Scully (NZl) Cannondale Drapac Team 13:00
162 ARNAUD Courteille (Fra) FDJ
163 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo both s.t.
164 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 13:15
165 Jérome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:41
166 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.



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