Flat roads in the Ardennes are rare, but it’s only after 79 kilometres the 2.8 kilometres climb up Cote de la Roche-en-Ardenne is crested. After turning back Bastogne Le Rond Point de la Doyenne it’s still the calm before the storm. It all starts Cote de Wanne with 169 kilometres done. Soon Cote de Stockeu awaits the riders, a 1 kilometres climb at an average grade 12.5% but getting steeper along way. At the top the riders pass a bust of the legendary Eddy Merckx
Six 6 kilometres down the road Côte de Haute Levee opens with a 13% section and then flattens out. Next comes Col du Rosier, the longest climb of the day – 4,4 kilometres. Just like the Rosier the Col du Maquisard is back with a vengeance.
The deep finale is marked by the short, steep Côte de la Roche aux Faucons (1,5 kilometres, max gradient 16%) and then it’s on to the energy sapping Saint-Nicolas – 1,2 kilometres with the steepest section of 10.9% in the first 500 metres. At the top there is only 5 kilometres left, the first 3.5 kilometres in descent and the last 1.5 kilometres go up.
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