Already a winner in 2006, Alejandro Valverde triumphed again at the top of the Mur de Huy. The Spaniard claims a second Fleche Wallonne beating Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski to the line. Since his last triumph, he had entered the Top 10 of the event on three occasions. Valverde made the best of his climbing abilities and the hard work of his Movistar squad throughout the day. A team that first did the necessary to catch the three escapees of the day, before helping their leader capture a fine success.Read more Key moments
As a town with an historic past, Bastogne is acutely aware of its duty of remembrance. There are a number of sites within the area commemorating the Second World War, including the most recent memorial, the Bastogne War Museum on Mardasson Hill. A rural commune, extending over 17,203 hectares, it is marked by fields rather than forests, and includes 40 villages. Nicknamed “Paris in the Ardenne”, the “Capital of the Ardenne” and the “Capital of Ham”, the town is lively and welcoming. A quick visit to the Tourist Office on Place McAuliffe, another to the Piconrue Museum or the Mardasson Memorial, a few quiet moments of contemplation under the polychrome mediaeval vaults in the St Peter's Church, a wander through the “Porte de Trèves”, or a detour to the famous US “Sherman” tank, all demonstrate Bastogne's attractiveness and are testimony to its pride in its past, while not betraying its origins as a modest crossroads. Today, the town's dynamism centres around commerce, with the HORECA sector, and sport, with the Motocross World Cup, the Boucles de Spa and the must-see cycling race and the Oldest of the Classics: “Liège-Bastogne-Liège”!
Huy is one of the main tourist centres in the Meuse Basin and boasts many natural treasures and can be proud of its rich heritage. In the town centre, colourful terraces, eye-catching shops, shaded parks and lively pedestrian areas allow visitors to enjoy a taste of the town's warmth.
Festive, cultural and sporty, Huy boasts a remarkable calendar of events. The Condroz-Huy Rally, the fair on 15th August, many festivals and exhibitions, as well as the end of year activities organised around the open air ice rink in the Grand-Place punctuate the year, just like the Flèche Wallonne, whose finish line was first established there in 1984, to the delight of thousands of cycling fans, but to the dread of the peloton, who will be obliged to suffer in order to overcome the 19% gradient of the renowned Mur de Huy.
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