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I’m ashamed to admit it, but I didn’t stay up late last night to watch the finish of La Flèche Wallonne. After scouring the internet for live feeds and only finding Eurosport without commentary (which is actually far more exciting than listening to Sean Kelly commentating) I fell asleep. However, without Sean Kelly’s insights into the race I can’t repeat them here and give you much perspective on how the race played out. I know, you just come here for the pictures anyway…
I’m thinking of moving to Perth for the winter. The timezone is perfect for watching races, the weather is beautiful, and from what I hear the riding is terrific. What more could a bike rider ask for?
I’ve come to realise how many people in Australia wake up and watch many of these European races.Therefore I’ll be placing the video at the top of the post and making sure that any spoiler material is placed far down on the page. Sound good?
Next up, Liège–Bastogne–Liège. I WILL be staying up to watch this one!
The defining feature of this reace is the Mur de Huy, a 1.3 km climb averaging 9.3 % gradient and rising to 20%. The riders do 2 laps of the town of Huy and ride up the Mur 3 times.
“Is your chain on tight today Andy?”
Soon after leaving the start four riders broke away gaining a maximum of 17mins just before their first loop of the Mur de Huy and were caught with 20km remaining
Lövkvist attacks on the Mur
Samuel Sanchez, Gilbert Philippe, Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin
La Flèche Wallonne 2011 Results
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 4:54:57
2 Joaquím Rodríguez Olivier (Spa) Katusha 0:00:03
3 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:05
4 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:00:06
5 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
6 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
7 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:09
9 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:12
10 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
22 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky
DNF Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) FDJ
Women’s Race Results
There were only two Aussie men racing La Flèche Wallonne (Gerro and Sulzberger) , but there were 12 Aussie women. Well done ladies!
You can read the race report here on cyclingnews, but here are the results:
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 2:58:27
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products – UCK 0:00:03
3 Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women 0:00:06
4 Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:00:15
5 Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC MCipollini Giordana
6 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:00:21
7 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) France
8 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team 0:00:24
9 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana 0:00:26
10 Kristin McGrath (USA) United States of America 0:00:27
17 Sharon Laws (GBr) Garmin – Cervelo (honorary Aussie)
37 Carla Ryan (Aus) Garmin – Cervelo
39 Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia
41 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia
57 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Honda Team
DNF Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO – To The Top
DNF Carlee Taylor (Aus) TIBCO – To The Top
DNF Bridie O’Donnell (Aus) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
DNF Angela McClure (Aus) Kleo Ladies Team
DNF Rowena Fry (Aus) Australia
DNF Ruth Corset (Aus) Australia
DNF Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia
DNF Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia