Velonews: Photo Essay: Fleche Wallonne

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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Kwiatkowski interview
      After victory in the Amstel Gold Race, all eyes were on world champion Michal Kwiatkowski at the start in Waremme, Belgium. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Froome Tour prep
      Chris Froome took the start of Flèche Wallonne largely as a recon of the third stage of the Tour de France, which will finish atop the Mur de Huy. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Kwiatkowski world champ
      Michal Kwiatkowski was a favorite for victory at the start in Waremme. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Gilbert interview
      Philippe Gilbert made his round of interviews before signing on for the day. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: van Garderen starting line
      Tejay van Garderen was focused on the start line, ready to support team leader Gilbert. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Roll-out
      Large crowds turned out to see the start of the Fleche Wallonne in Waremme. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Ratto Mur de Huy
      The breakaway containing Daniele Ratto of UHC hit the steepest part of the Mur de Huy in one of the early ascents of the climb. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: The peloton climbs Mur de Huy
      The first pass of the Mur de Huy is typically done at a pace that keeps the peloton together. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: The peloton climbs Mur de Huy
      The peloton keep things together as they ascend the Mur for the first of three passes. Photo: Kris Claeye / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Martin gets paced
      Dan Martin is tucked in behind teammates as he is paced back to the bunch after a crash in the kilometers just before the Mur. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: The scene
      Once the race rolls through, the roads open up and the Mur becomes a big block party. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Movistar controls the pace
      On the second ascent of the Mur, Movistar, Etixx-Quick-Step and Astana assemble their teams at the front to assert some control of the peloton. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Alaphilippe climbs
      Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx - Quick-Step) had a great day on the Mur, always near the front in support of Kwiatkowski. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Kwiatkowski climbs
      Michal Kwiatkowski looked on track for a solid performance as they climbed the Mur de Huy for the 2nd time. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Chevrier crash victim
      Clement Chevrier (IAM Cycling) was one of many victims of a crash-riddled Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: King crash
      Ben King (Cannondale-Garmin) climbed his way up the Mur de Huy covered in gravel and blood from a crash. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: The fans
      Its always a party on the Mur de Huy for the thousands of cycling fans that come out for the Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: The leaders
      The favorites mass at the front of the peloton on the final climb up the Mur de Huy. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Alphilippe in good position
      Julian Alaphilippe positioned himself perfectly as the race was exploding on the Mur. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Quintana climbs
      Climbing ace Nairo Quintana struggled on steep but short Mur de Huy. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Final climb of the Mur de Huy
      The front of the peloton climbs the steep straight section before the road pitches even more and turns left to the finish. Photo: Kris Claeye / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Final effort
      It's an uphill drag race to the line atop the Mur de Huy. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Valverde wins
      For the second year in a row, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sprints clear to victory in the Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Albasini finish
      Michael Albasini takes third behind a surprise second place from Julian Alaphilippe. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Fuglsang hydrates
      Jakob Fuglsang rehydrates at the top, pleased with his eigth place on the day. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Canola finished
      The strain of the Mur de Huy is all over the face of Marco Canola (UHC). Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne:Froome off the back
      Taken out of contention by a crash late in the race, Chris Froome did manage to finish his day at the top of the Mur. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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      [​IMG]2015 Fleche Wallonne: Fleche Wallonne podium
      Alejandro Valverde takes the top step on the podium once again at the Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com
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