Flèche Wallonne popped off yesterday. It was also my birthday, and I unfortunately paid little attention to the race. Not that the race wasn’t awesome and worth following, rather my priorities lay elsewhere. A mistake on my part, as the closing kilometers were a nail biter. Could Gilbert repeat? Who was one form? Who was hungry? Who could time their effort on the Muy?
The Mur de Huy is no joke!
Rodriguez takes The Walloon Arrow!
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) stormed up the Mur de Huy to claim the victory at the 76th La Flèche Wallonne, overcoming wet and windy conditions to prevail in the middle race of the three Ardennes Classics.
Rodriguez had finished second the last two years running. He wanted this one.
Rodriguez was overcome with emotion after crossing the winning line, having erased the pain of 2010 and 2011 by finally getting his hands on the prize…
“It’s the best and most incredible victory of my whole career,” Rodriguez said. “Today is definitely one of the best days of my life. I’ve always been in love with these Classic races, and a victory in these competitions has always been one of my main goals: finally, after many good results, I managed to win. Id.
I also found a video of the 2011 La Flèche Wallonne on Youtube this morning. I don’t think we’ve posted it before. It runs nearly two hours in length. Not the full race, but a good bit more than the closing kilometers. Need something to watch on the rollers? This ought to do it. Unless you’re a sick bastard that does four hour sessions on the trainer (which, sadly, I have done). English commentary with David Duffield and Sean Kelly. Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtJKNRja0LU.
Bring on Liege-Bastogne-Liege!by