Which was the last year without Cherave. No one can climb it faster than him in Flèche, no matter the pacing.Red Rick said:2014 was the only win of Valverde in Fleche that was actually a very fast time. The norm used to be in the 2'40s, 4 of Valverde wins are in the 2'50s for the last KM.Blanco said:Not sure if it's true, I think Dan Martin has 3rd fastest time on the Mur...Red Rick said:Every year some minor rider tries it.Koronin said:Red Rick said:Yeah I want to see a 100m by 100m breakdown of climbing times on the Mur de Huy. Should be a lot of time to be gained by attacking it earlier.
Except every year someone tries it and then gets caught and passed by the bunch. Valverde this week made a comment that you have know exactly how to measure your effort up the Mur de Huy and you can't go too soon because you expend energy you need later. Of course he also said if he has the lead with 200 to 250 meters left that it's very hard to beat him.
The likes of Evans, Schleck, Rebellin all rode it a lot more agressively and a lot faster than Valverde's competitors do now.