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Encyclopedia > La Flèche Wallonne
La Flèche Wallonne
Other name: Walloon Arrow
Region: Ardennes, Belgium
Date: late April
Type: One-day race
History
First Edition: 1936
Number of Editions: 68
First Winner: Philippe Demeersman, (Belgium)
Most Wins: Marcel Kint, (Belgium), Eddy Merckx (Belgium) and Moreno Argentin, (Italy): 3 times

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The first of two Belgian Ardennes classics, La Flèche Wallonne (the Walloon Arrow) is today normally held mid-week between the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. At one time, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège were run on successive days as "Le Weekend Ardennais". Only five riders have achieved the "Ardennes double" by winning both races in the same year: Ferdi Kubler twice (in 1951 and 1952), Stan Ockers (1955), Eddy Merckx (1972), Moreno Argentin (1991) and Davide Rebellin (2004). The Ardennes is a region of extensive forests and rolling hill country (its highest point is under 700 m), primarily in Belgium and Luxembourg, but stretching into France (lending its name to the Ardennes département and the Champagne-Ardenne région) and Germany, where this range is known as... The Amstel Gold Race is a road cycling race held (mostly) in the southern part of the province of Limburg, The Netherlands. ... Liège-Bastogne-Liège, often called La Doyenne, is one of the five Monuments of the European professional cycling calendar, and the oldest. ... Constant Stan Ockers (3 February 1920 - 1 October 1956) was a Belgian cyclist. ... Biography Baron Eddy Merckx (born June 17, 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium) is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist ever1. ...


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 features on the UCI ProTour. 1936 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Classic cycle races are the most prestigious one-day professional cycling road races in Europe. ... The UCI ProTour is a system of a set of professional cycling teams and cycling races, in which all of these teams are required to, and guaranteed to, participate. ...


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 236km to 300km - 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 210km. Categories: Belgium-related stubs | Belgian towns | UN World Heritage Sites | Romanesque architecture ... Liège ( Dutch: Luik, German: Lüttich) is a major city located in the Belgian province of Liège, of which it is the capital. ... The central square and town hall of Mons This article is about the city in Belgium. ... For other uses, see Charleroi (disambiguation). ... Verviers is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. ... Categories: Stub ... Spa is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. ...


Today, the 199.5km 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' climb, with several sections steeper than 15%. The finish is at the top of the Mur after the third ascent.


Only three riders have won the race three times, two of them Belgians. Indeed, Belgian riders dominated the early years of the event, winning the first 11 editions of the race, and more than half of the editions in total (36 victories up to and including 2005). Italians have won the event 15 times. The Kingdom of Belgium (Dutch: Koninkrijk België, French: Royaume de Belgique, German: Königreich Belgien) is a country in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea. ... The Italian Republic or Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana or Italia) is a country in southern Europe. ...

Winners of La Flèche Wallonne (men)
Year Winner Nationality
1936 Philippe Demeersman Belgium
1937 Adolf Braeckeveldt Belgium
1938 Émile Masson Belgium
1939 Edmond Delathouwer Belgium
1941 Sylvère Grysolle Belgium
1942 Karel Thijs Belgium
1943 Marcel Kint Belgium
1944 Marcel Kint Belgium
1945 Marcel Kint Belgium
1946 Désiré Keteleer Belgium
1947 Ernest Sterckx Belgium
1948 Fermo Camellini Italy
1949 Rik Van Steenbergen Belgium
1950 Fausto Coppi Italy
1951 Ferdi Kubler Switzerland
1952 Ferdi Kubler Switzerland
1953 Stan Ockers Belgium
1954 Germain Derycke Belgium
1955 Stan Ockers Belgium
1956 Rik Van Genechten Belgium
1957 Raymond Impanis Belgium
1958 Rik Van Steenbergen Belgium
1959 Jos Hoevenaars Belgium
1960 Pino Cerami Belgium
1961 Willy Vannitsen Belgium
1962 Henri Dewolf Belgium
1963 Raymond Poulidor France
1964 Gilbert Desmet Belgium
1965 Roberto Poggliali Italy
1966 Michele Dancelli Italy
1967 Eddy Merckx Belgium
1968 Rik Van Looy Belgium
1969 Jos Huysmans Belgium
1970 Eddy Merckx Belgium
1971 Roger De Vlaeminck Belgium
1972 Eddy Merckx Belgium
1973 André Dierickx Belgium
1974 Frans Verbeeck Belgium
1975 André Dierickx Belgium
1976 Joop Zoetemelk Netherlands
1977 Francesco Moser Italy
1978 Michel Laurent France
1979 Bernard Hinault France
1980 Giuseppe Saronni Italy
1981 Daniel Willems Belgium
1982 Mario Beccia Italy
1983 Bernard Hinault France
1984 Kim Andersen Denmark
1985 Claudy Criquielion Belgium
1986 Laurent Fignon France
1987 Jean-Claude Leclercq France
1988 Rolf Golz Germany
1989 Claudy Criquielion Belgium
1990 Moreno Argentin Italy
1991 Moreno Argentin Italy
1992 Giorgio Furlan Italy
1993 Maurizio Fondriest Italy
1994 Moreno Argentin France
1995 Laurent Jalabert France
1996 Lance Armstrong USA
1997 Laurent Jalabert France
1998 Bo Hamburger Denmark
1999 Michele Bartoli Italy
2000 Francesco Casagrande Italy
2001 Rik Verbrugghe Belgium
2002 Mario Aerts Belgium
2003 Igor Astarloa Spain
2004 Davide Rebellin Italy
2005 Danilo Di Luca Italy

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Women's La Flèche Wallonne

Beginning in 1998, a women's race was held in conjunction with the men's race. From the following year onwards, the women's La Flèche Wallonne was a World Cup event. The women raced the same course, but did one less circuit.


Table of winners of La Flèche Wallonne (women)

1998 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Pia Sundstedt (Fin) Catherine Marsal (Fra)
1999 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Edita Pucinskaite (Lit) Cindy Pieters (Bel)
2000 Genevieve Jeanson (Can) Pia Sundstedt (Fin) Fany Lecourtois (Fra)
2001 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Anna Millward (Aus) Trixi Worrack (Ger)
2002 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Lyne Bessette (Can) Priska Doppmann (Swi)
2003 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Sue Palmer-Komar (Can) Oenone Wood (Aus)
2004 Sonia Huguet (Fra) Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Edita Pucinskaite (Lit)
2005 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Oenone Wood (Aus) Judith Arndt (Ger)

 
 

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