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La Flèche Wallonne 2018 odds

Who wins La Flèche Wallonne 2018?

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La Fleche Wallonne 2018

The 82nd year of La Fleche Wallonne (also known as the Walloon Arrow), will be held on the 18th April. The one day professional cycling race is the 12th race on the 2018 UCI World Tour, taking place in between the Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

The 2017 winner was Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). He remarkably won his fourth consecutive title, and fifth overall, with Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) finishing second and Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) third.

The 2018 route will be almost 200 km long, and includes eleven of the famous Ardennes hills.

Where the race is won

Despite the numerous climbs, the race is typically won or lost on the punchy Mur de Huy (Wall of Huy) climb. The climb is 1.3 km long and is 9.6% steep, with the riders having to climb it three times. It also kicks up around 400 metres up, reaching 11% gradient for another 400 metres, 17% gradient for 100 metres and 14% gradient for 300 metres. The climb finishes with a 6% 100 metres. Additionally, the final stretch will see the peloton climb both the Cote de Cherave and Wall of Huy as they race for the line.

The route begins with a long section through the Ardennes hills. Around 127 km is where the cyclists will meet the first real test of the day, at the Cote de La Vecquee. This will be followed by tough climbs over the Cote de la Redoute, Cote de Monet en de Cote d’Amay.

The riders will take on the Wall of Huy for the first time about 141 km in. They will then do two identical laps of 29 km before approaching the final ascent of the Wall of Huy.

The 2018 peloton

The big question on everyone’s lips is, will anyone be able to dethrone Alejandro Valverde? This year, eighteen UCI World Tour teams have already been invited to join the start list, alongside seven guest teams. The World Tour teams are: BMC Racing, Mitchelton-Scott, Quick-Step Floors, Team Sky, EF Education First-Drapac, Dimension Data, Lotto-Soudal, Trek-Segafredo, Bora-Hansgrohe, LottoNL-Jumbo, Movistar, FDJ, Ag2r La Mondiale, Team Sunweb, Katusha-Alpecin, Astana, Bahrain-Merida, UAE Team Emirates, and Direct Energie.

Alongside Valverde, favourites will include Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky, Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).