news09.04.2013After the race

This morning in Liège, the organisers of the Flèche Wallonne, women's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, unveiled the details of the route that the cyclists will take on 17th and 21st April, with pride of place given to the punchers.

It is around the time when spring starts. In cycling terms, it is the end of a season: the classics season, rounded off by the week of the Ardennes classics. At this turning point in the year, all minds are focused on the Flèche Wallonne, as well as the women's version, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, concluding the Belgian festival of cycling. This year, punchers will be expected on 17thApril on the especially demanding finish of the Flèche Wallonne, at the top of the Wall of Huy. On the 205-km route that the riders will have to tackle, the only change concerns the start venue, since starter's orders will be given in Binche, a town close to Charleroi. The programme reserved for the women, which also finishes witha climb up the Wall of Huy, has increased its length, now measuring 131.5 km. At the end of the week, the riders who want to conquer Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be preparing themselves to face double this distance, since they will have completed 261 km on crossing the finishing line in Ans, on the outskirts of Liège. More significantly, on the return from Bastogne, they will have to tackle a tough section of high calibre gradients with, for example, the sequence of the Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée slopes which will perform an initial cull on the pack before getting to grips with the Redoute slope.

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