The course of the Ardennes Classics unveiled

On April 19 and 23, the Ardennes Classics are making their big comeback for the 2023 edition. On Wednesday, its organizers unveiled the program and course for the men and women of the Flèche Wallone and La Doyenne (Liège-Bastogne- Cork).

The event will begin with the 87th edition of the Flèche Wallone for men. A 194.2 km course between Herve and the Mur de Huy. The runners will have to climb eleven hills, in particular three times the Ereffe coast (2.1 km at 5%) then three times the Cherave coast (1.3 km, 8.1%), including a last ascent to present themselves at the foot of the Huy wall (1.3 km at 9.6%) where the finish awaits them at the summit. A wall that they will have already climbed twice earlier on the route. It’s the Belgian Dylan Teuns who won Last year.

The 26th edition for women will also take place on April 19. They will know for the second consecutive year the three ascents of the wall during a race of 131.5 km.

The route of La Doyenne

On April 23, La Doyenne will be in the spotlight for its 109th edition for men. The famous triptych of the Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée coasts is back with a little novelty all the same: the addition of the Cornémont coast just after that of La Redoute (1.6 km at 9.4 %). The last five very hilly kilometers will be dense for the runners who will have to climb the coast of Roche-aux-Faucons (1.3 km at 11%) before arriving in Liège. Remco Evenepoel won in the 2022 edition.

Among the women, the candidates who will take part in La Doyenne, which is starting for the seventh time from Bastogne, will also face the famous triptych, for the first time: Wanne, Stockeu and the Haute-Levée. The route is getting closer and closer to that of the men, since 130 kilometers will be offered in common over the 140 kilometers of the route. The route will be eventful with eight climbs concentrated over 85 kilometers.

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