La Flèche Wallonne 2013 Start List and Profile

La Flèche Wallonne 2013 (77th edition) will be held on Wednesday, April 17. The race is the first of two Belgian Ardennes classics (the other is Liège–Bastogne–Liège).

Like any Belgian race, weather can alter things dramatically, but Wednesday’s forecast is calling for mild conditions, with mild temperatures in the upper 15.5C (60F) and a chance of afternoon showers.

Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha Team), most recent winner of the La Flèche Wallonne, crashed out of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race and only made the decision to race tomorrow after training for three hours Tuesday morning.

Other big favorites are 2011 winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale). But of course the race is open for surprises.


La Flèche Wallonne 2013 Start List

Team Katusha
1 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa)
2 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita)
3 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
4 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa)
5 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa)
6 Yury Trofimov (Rus)
7 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa)
8 Eduard Vorganov (Rus)
Orica GreenEdge
11 Michael Albasini (Swi)
12 Simon Clarke (Aus)
13 Michael Hepburn (Aus)
14 Michael Matthews (Aus)
15 Christian Meier (Can)
16 Travis Meyer (Aus)
17 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus)
18 Pieter Weening (Ned)
BMC Racing Team
21 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
22 Brent Bookwalter (Usa)
23 Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
24 Stephen Cummings (Gbr)
25 Mathias Frank (Swi)
26 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel)
27 Amaël Moinard (Fra)
28 Dominique Nerz (Ger)
Sky Procycling
31 Richie Porte (Aus)
32 Joshua Edmondson (Gbr)
33 Sergio Henao Montoya (Col)
34 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr)
35 Salvatore Puccio (Ita)
36 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Gbr)
37 Rigoberto Uran (Col)
RadioShack Leopard
41 Andy Schleck (Lux)
42 Matthew Busche (Usa)
43 Laurent Didier (Lux)
44 Tony Gallopin (Fra)
45 Ben Hermans (Bel)
46 Maxime Monfort (Bel)
47 Thomas Rohregger (Aut)
48 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)
Cannondale Pro Cycling
51 Peter Sagan (Svk)
52 Stefano Agostini (Ita)
53 Damiano Caruso (Ita)
54 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita)
55 Michel (Ger) Koch
56 Moreno Moser (Ita)
57 Maciej Paterski (Pol)
58 Daniele Ratto (Ita)
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
61 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol)
62 Kevin De Weert (Bel)
63 Michal Golas (Pol)
64 Serge Pauwels (Ned)
65 Jérôme Pineau (Fra)
66 Pieter Serry (Bel)
67 Julien Vermote (Bel)
68 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa)
Garmin Sharp
71 Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
72 Thomas Dekker (Ned)
73 Alex Howes (Usa)
74 Michel Kreder (Ned)
75 Daniel Martin (Irl)
76 Peter Stetina (Usa)
78 Fabian Wegmann (Ger)
80 Nathan Haas (Aus)
Team Blanco
81 Tom Slagter (Ned)
82 Moreno Hofland (Ned)
83 Paul Martens (Ger)
84 Bauke Mollema (Ned)
85 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
86 Bram Tankink (Ned)
87 David Tanner (Aus)
88 Laurens ten Dam (Ned)
Movistar Team
91 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)
92 Andrei Amador Bipkazacova (Crc)
93 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por)
94 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)
95 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa)
96 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa)
97 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col)
98 Giovanni Visconti (Ita)
Team Saxo-Tinkoff
101 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)
102 Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
103 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
104 Nicolas Roche (Irl)
105 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den)
106 Nicki Sørensen (Den)
107 Rory Sutherland (Aus)
108 Oliver Zaugg (Swi)
Astana Pro Team
111 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
112 Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
113 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
114 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita)
115 Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
116 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz)
117 Simone Ponzi (Ita)
118 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel)
IAM Cycling
121 Matthias Brändle (Aut)
122 Rémi Cusin (Fra)
123 Stefan Denifl (Aut)
124 Pirmin Lang (Swi)
125 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda)
126 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi)
127 Patrick Schelling (Swi)
128 Marcel Wyss (Swi)
Sojasun
131 Anthony Delaplace (Fra)
132 Jonathan Hivert (Fra)
133 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
134 Cyril Lemoine (Fra)
135 Marino (Fra) Jean-Marc
136 Julien Simon (Fra)
137 Yannick Talabardon (Fra)
138 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)
Lampre-Merida
141 Damiano Cunego (Ita)
142 Matteo Bono (Ita)
143 Davide Cimolai (Ita)
144 Massimo Graziato (Ita)
145 Manuele Mori (Ita)
146 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita)
147 Simone Stortoni (Ita)
148 Diego Ulissi (Ita)
FDJ
151 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
152 Sandy Casar (Fra)
153 Alexandre Geniez (Fra)
154 Laurent Pichon (Fra)
155 Cédric Pineau (Fra)
156 Jérémy Roy (Fra)
157 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra)
158 Arthur Vichot (Fra)
Lotto Belisol
161 Dennis Vanendert (Bel)
162 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned)
163 Gaetan Bille (Bel)
164 Bart De Clercq (Bel)
165 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel)
166 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel)
167 Jelle Vanendert (Bel)
168 Tim Wellens (Bel)
Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
172 Laurens De Vreese (Bel)
173 Sander Helven (Bel)
174 Pieter Jacobs (Bel)
175 Eliot Lietaer (Bel)
176 Stijn Neirynck (Bel)
177 Preben Van Hecke (Bel)
178 Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel)
Euskaltel Euskadi
181 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa)
182 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa)
183 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa)
184 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
185 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa)
186 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa)
187 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa)
188 Romain Sicard (Fra)
AG2R La Mondiale
191 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita)
192 Romain Bardet (Fra)
193 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col)
194 Mickaël Chérel (Fra)
195 John Gadret (Fra)
196 Blel Kadri (Fra)
197 Sébastien Minard (Fra)
198 Matteo Montaguti (Ita)
Colombia
201 Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col)
202 Juan Arango Carvajal (Col)
203 Edwin Avila Vanegas (Col)
204 Julio Camacho Bernal (Col)
205 Robinson Chalapud (Col)
206 Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col)
207 Duber Quintero Artunduaga (Col)
208 Juan Valencia (Col)
Accent Jobs – Wanty
211 Tim De Troyer (Bel)
212 Thomas Degand (Bel)
213 Jérôme Gilbert (Bel)
214 Gregory Habeaux (Bel)
215 Will Routley (Can)
216 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel)
217 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel)
218 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
221 Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
222 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
223 Maurits Lammertink (Ned)
224 Pim Ligthart (Ned)
225 Marco Marcato (Ita)
226 Wout Poels (Ned)
227 José Rujano Guillen (Ven)
228 Lieuwe Westra (Ned)
Team Argos-Shimano
231 Warren Barguil (Fra)
232 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)
233 Simon Geschke (Ger)
234 Yann Huguet (Fra)
235 Thierry Hupond (Fra)
237 Thomas Peterson (Usa)
238 Georg Preidler (Aut)
Crelan – Euphony
241 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel)
242 Gilles Devillers (Bel)
243 Reinier Honig (Ned)
245 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu)
246 Christophe Premont (Bel)
247 Klaas Sys (Bel)
248 Maxime Vantomme (Bel)
249 Frédéric Amorison (Bel)

History

La Flèche Wallonne was created to boost the sales of a newspaper Les Sports during the 1930s and was first run in 1936. While perhaps not as revered as one of the Classic ‘Monuments’, the race is widely regarded as a Classic, and featured on the UCI Road World Cup and UCI ProTour. It became part of the UCI World Ranking calendar in 2009.

Like many cycle race events, the course has altered considerably over the years, both in route and length. The event was first run on roads from Tournai to Liège (growing from 236 km to 300 km – its longest ever distance – in 1938), after which Mons became the starting point. From 1948, the race started at Charleroi; from 1960 the event ran in the opposite direction, starting at Liège and finishing at Charleroi (or, from 1965, Marcinelle). Some years have seen the event start and finish in the same place: Verviers (1974–1978) or Huy (1983–1985). From 1986, the race started in Spa and finished in Huy. Since 1990, the race distance has not exceeded 210 km.

Today, the 199.5 km event starts in Charleroi and heads east to Huy, where the riders do three laps of a tough circuit including the steep Mur de Huy (The wall of Huy) climb, with several sections steeper than 15% and up to 24.4% on one section. The finish is at the top of the Mur after the third ascent. (wiki)

Mur de Huy

The Mur de Huy (English: Wall of Huy) is a 128 metres (420 ft) high hill located in Huy, Belgium. It is also known as le Chemin des Chapelles (English: The Path of the Chapels) because of the seven chapels along its route. The Mur de Huy has been the site of the finishing line of the Flèche Wallonne since 1983. It is climbed three times with the finishing line at the top of the last climb up the Mur. The climb has a length of 1,300 m (4,300 ft) with an average grade of 9.3% and some sections around 17% (up to 24.4% in one bend), the Flèche Wallonne is often decided on its slopes. (wiki)

La Flèche Wallonne 2009, Mur de Huy
Riders are climbing Mur de Huy, La Flèche Wallonne 2009

Total Distance: 1375.3 meters
Start Elevation: 75.56 meters
Finish Elevation: 202.56 meters
Elevation differential: 127 meters
Avg. Gradient: 9.2%
Max. Gradient: 24.4%

Mur de Huy Profile
Mur de Huy Profile (photo: brentacol.com)

2013 Race Profile

La Flèche Wallonne 2013 profile
La Flèche Wallonne 2013 profile