Vansevenant, in the name of the father
New for this 2020 edition, the Côte du chemin des Gueuses (1.8km at 6.5%) saw a duo made up of Alessandro de Marchi and Ide Schelling set off against, Pierre-Luc Périchon not having been able to As the lead gap continued to narrow, the hunting duo worked together, but before the second ascent of Mur de Huy, Alessandro de Marchi set off on his own in hopes of getting back to a lead reduced to two runners, Mauri Vansevenant and Mathijs Paasschens. The son of Wim Vansevenant, member of a Deceuninck-Quick Step team who made the trip without his world champion and double title holder Julian Alaphilippe then found himself alone in the lead of the race with 21 kilometers still to go and barely a minute ahead of a peloton shaken by Rui Alberto Faria da Costa then Stan Dewulf … Offensives ultimately in vain, the Portuguese being caught a little over fifteen kilometers from the finish. The final was launched eleven kilometers from the finish when Rigoberto Uran, before the last climb of the Côte du Chemin des Gueuses, attacked while, at the same time, Mikel Landa was let down by the pack.
Uran started hostilities, Hirschi was the strongest
The AG2R-La Mondiale team then took charge of the hunt behind the EF team rider, then supported by the Bora-Hansgrohe formation. It took a fall by Mauri Vansevenant, visibly over-revving to maintain the gap, less than five kilometers from the finish, in the descent to the banks of the Meuse, so that the Colombian could make the junction 2000 meters further. . The peloton, relaunched by UAE Team Emirates and Jan Polanc, caught up with the duo just before the final climb of the Mur de Huy. Richie Porte accelerated 350 meters from the finish but did not detach himself. After a start from Michael Woods, it was Marc Hirschi who stood up on his pedals to win strong ahead of Benoît Cosnefroy, still well placed, and Michael Woods, ahead of Warren Barguil for third place. A few days from Liège-Bastogne-Liège, it will be necessary to count on Marc Hirschi, the revelation of this 2020 season.
CYCLING – UCI WORLD TOUR / LA FLECHE WALLONNE
Herve-Mur de Huy (202km) – Wednesday September 30, 2020
1- Marc Hirschi (SUI / Sunweb) in 4h49’17 ”
2- Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA / AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
3- Michael Woods (CAN / EF) mt
4- Warren Barguil (FRA / Arkéa-Samsic) mt
5- Daniel Martin (IRL / Israel Start-Up Nation) mt
6- Michal Kwiatkowski (POL / Ineos Grenadiers) mt
7- Patrick Konrad (POL / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 5 ”
8- Richie Porte (AUS / Trek-Segafredo) at 5 ”
9- Tadej Pogacar (SLO / UAE Team Emirates) at 5 ”
10- Simon Geschke (ALL / CCC) at 10 ”