The Flèche Wallonne and the Wall of Huy are intertwined. Year after year the pack attacks the steep final climb in close formation. In 2018 again?
The route winds through the hills of the Ardennes and it’s 127.5 kilometres into the race when the the first proper hill, Côte de La Vecquée, is crested. The route continues over the Côte de la Redoute, Côte de Mont en de Côte d’Amay.
At kilometre 141.5 the the Wall of Huy is crested for the first out of three times. The 1.3 kilometres climb rises with an average grade of 9.6%, yet that statistic is misleading as the climb really kicks in after 400 metres. With 11% for 400 metres, 17% for 100 metres, and 14% for 300 metres the Wall shows its razor sharp teeth. The last 100 metres go up at 6%.
After cresting the Wall of Huy for the first time the riders face two identical laps of 29 kilometres. The round takes in three climbs, firstly the Côte d’Ereffe, a 2.1 kilometres ride at 5%. Racing past the village Marchin the riders head towards Huy. Just before the village they turn left and on the Rue de Cherave they attack the Côte de Cherave. With rocks on the right and houses on the left, it’s an ascent of 1.3 kilometres at 8.1%. At the top it’s 5.5 kilometres to the line.
Through the village of Ahin and along the banks of the Meuse it’s back to Huy once again for the (closing) climb up the local Wall.
Read also: results/race report La Flèche Wallonne 2018.
La Flèche Wallonne 2018: route, profiles, more
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