Tagged: Valverde

All my posts that mention Alejandro Valverde in some way.

Fleche Wallonne Photos 2019

After heading to the Netherlands for Amstel Gold, I stayed on and moved into Belgium for today’s Fleche Wallonne. I last saw this race in person during 2016 and managed to ride the finishing circuit the day before the race this year. The Mur de Huy is the centre point of the race, but it’s always packed. The Cote de Cherave however is always relatively...

Fleche Wallonne 2016 - Mathew Mitchell

Men and Women’s Fleche Wallone 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Wednesday 24th April sees the men and women’s pelotons tackle Fleche Wallone. Unlike Amstel Gold the women’s race has a solid continuous history since the first race in 1998 and similarly to the men has had a single rider dominate the finish in recent years. Alejandro Valverde’s run of 4 wins in a row was broken in 2018 by Julian Alaphilippe. The Mur de Huy...

Michael Valgren Amstel Gold 2018

Men and Women’s Amstel Gold Race 2019 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Sunday’s Amstel Gold Races see the men and women take on the hilliest part of the Netherlands – the enclave of Limburg tucked away in the very bottom corner with Belgium and Germany on either side. The men’s race is one of the major classics, although not a monument. The women’s race originally started in the early 2000s with a few editions but then stopped –...

2015 La Fleche Wallonne Muur de Huy

La Fleche Wallonne 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

La Fleche Wallonne is the first of the Ardennes Classics, tying in with Liege Bastogne Liege taking place at the weekend. The race is filled with plenty of climbs, usually a touch longer than what we got used to in the Flanders races. Also, there are no real cobbles to speak of either. The race has finished on the final climb of the Mur de...

The Amstel Gold Race finish line - I won!

Amstel Gold 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Done are the Flemish classics, we’ve now moved onto the Ardennes region. These races follow a different pattern to what we’ve seen already this year, cobbles are pretty much done with but are replaced with a multitude of short sharp climbs instead. The famous climb in Amstel Gold is the Cauberg, found in Valkenburg near the southernmost tip of the Netherlands. The race will ascend...

Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2018 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

For 2018 Dwars Door Vlaanderen has a new date and a new route. Effectively swapping places with De Panne, Dwars Door now takes place a few days ahead of the larger event of the Tour of Flanders. Cresting some of the same climbs, this positions it as a warm-up event for the big deal on Sunday. It’s because of that, we don’t get to see...