When you talk about La Fleche Wallone, automatically the conversation becomes centered around the Mur de Huy. While the Huy is only 1.3km in length, the famed climb averages 9.6% in gradient with a maximum pitch of 25%. Riders will have to climb the hill on two occasions (km 101, km 167) before they reach the Mur de Huy for the third and final climb up to the finish line.
While the Mur de Huy is certainly the centre piece of La Fleche Wallone, there are a total of 12 noted climbs throughout the race, ensuring that only the strongest riders will contest for the victory. Our African Team will start with a strong climbing squad led by Serge Pauwels, who already showed some good signs at the weekend's Amstel Gold Race.
As the short and steep Mur does not typically suit the climbing characteristics of Pauwels, the Belgian will be joined by Steve Cummings, Natnael Berhane, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Youcef Reguigui, Omar Fraile and Igor Anton to increase our African Teams chances of achieving a top result.