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Alejandro Valverde

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A Timeline of Alejandro Valverde in La Flèche Wallonne – Mur de Huy Performances

Alejandro Valverde is the king of La Flèche Wallonne, having won the race a record five times. The steep Mur de Huy (1km, 11.2%) finish perfectly suits Valverde's ability to produce high 3 minute power at the end of a hilly 4-5 hour race. After the 2022 season, Valverde is retiring (allegedly) so let's look throughout the years at his performances in the punchy Ardennes classic.
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Teuns Shocks Valverde | La Flèche Wallonne 2022

La Flèche Wallonne is a race that in the modern era of cycling ends always the same. Everything is decided on the extremely steep Mur de Huy (1km, 11.2%), which is perfectly suited for puncheurs like Alejandro Valverde, who has won this race five times. At age 41 Valverde still was one of the main favourites with Movistar teammate Enric Mas providing a leadout for him, but that did not help the Spaniard as he could not challenge Dylan Teuns, who took the surprise win.