Despite the appearance of a new climb in the closing moments of the Fleche Wallonne, the decision was made in the last 200m of the race and there wasn't much anyone could do against flying Alejandro Valverde. The new course however proved to make the Grande Finale extremely lively with several attacks occurring including that of rising star Tim Wellens. Calm and composed, Valverde finally made the best of his experience to claim the race for the second consecutive time, adding a third win in...
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Fleche Wallonne 2015 - 22/04/2015 - Waremme - Mur de Huy - Belgique - Christian PRUDHOMME et Julian ALAPHILIPPE © ASO/B.Bade
Waremme: a dynamic and enthusiastic town!
Waremme, the fertile, muddy capital of Hesbaye with 15,000 inhabitants and 3,104 hectares principally devoted to agriculture, is a genuine country town, combining the tranquillity and dynamism of a forward-looking place.
In Place Roi Albert 1er, the town's central square, sits “La Clé de l'Enthousiasme”, a bronze fountain designed by Marcel Taton. Inaugurated by the town authorities on 21st December 1986, it shows two faces looking up to the sky, with a child standing on their heads. It is a tribute to childhood, humanity, the future and, of course, enthusiasm.
As Jacques Chabot said at the time: “It is a rich combination of two points of view; the present which is ours, directing us towards a broad and positive dream of the future. The present is the lock, the child is the key. All parents want their children to do better than them, that is how humanity progresses. Here, the parents provide a base for their child, who is open to a world with no limits, as suggested by the binoculars round the child's neck. The child shows a wondrous openness, an attitude which precedes enthusiasm.”
The keys to the future are indeed in the hands of the next generation. On 23rd February 1987, on the initiative of Burgomaster Guy Coëme, the town was the first in the country to launch a Children's Town Council, an official body which operated as a school in democracy and community involvement.
In 1990, the town was the first in the world to receive the UN Peace Medal. The following year, young people from the Children's Town Council went to the UN headquarters in New York to meet the Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, who was to be named “Honorary Citizen” and “Peacemaker” during his visit to Waremme in 1993.
Since then, the town's democratic bodies have thrived and developed, while respecting the rural nature of its villages and the entire Hesbaye region.
Mur de Huy
Huy, the Mur: a summit in itself!
Huy is one of the main tourist centres in the Meuse Basin, boasting 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 sporting, 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 Women's Flèche Wallonne, whose finish line was first established there in 1998, to the delight of thousands of cycling fans, but to the dread of the peloton. The riders will have to suffer in order to overcome the renowned Mur de Huy's 19% gradient, which will also be the setting of the finish of the 3rd stage of the 2015 Tour de France, on Monday 6th July.
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