Alejandro Valverde and the Mur de Huy have a bond that's going to be difficult to break.
The Spanish 36-year-old is gunning for his fifth win in La Flèche Wallonne and hasn't been beaten up the notorious final climb for the past three years. He's got form to take into the race too, with a dominant performance in the Tour of Catalunya already under his belt this season.
Valverde is the man to beat in the Ardennes, but don't count out the likes of Dan Martin, who is hopeful of finally getting the better of his rival this time around:
We’re going in with a team that’s full of confidence and belief that we can get results there this year. I know that after this block of racing I’m going to get there in the best possible condition and I’m looking forward to giving it a crack. I know I’ve got to beat Alejandro sometime.
WHEN IS THE RACE?
The 2017 edition of the La Flèche Wallonne is on Wednesday 19 April.
WHAT’S THE ROUTE?
Nine climbs in the final 83km are the trademark of La Flèche Wallonne, with the notorious Wall of Huy reaching an eye-watering 17% gradient as the finale to the race.
Over 200km will be ridden in total, but it's that hilly stretch in the second half of the race where the drama will happen, with a showdown all-but guaranteed on the legendary last ascent.
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
This is a race that consistently delivers drama, and from the minute that first climb up the Cote d'Amay comes it will be action all the way.
CAN I WATCH IT ON TV?
Eurosport, the home of cycling, will be covering the race live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player.
TV Schedule for La Flèche Wallonne
Wednesday 19 April: 1330-1600 LIVE on Eurosport 2
Valverde claims historic fourth win in La Flêche Wallonne
- Alejandro Valverde 3/1
- Julian Alaphilippe 7/2
- Daniel Martin 7/1
- Sergio Henao 17/2
- Alexis Vuillermoz 16/1
- Michael Albasini 16/1
- Michal Kwiatkowski 16/1
- Daniel Moreno 20/1
- Philippe Gilbert 20/1
- Simon Yates 20/1
(Best odds at the time of writing)