In Ans leaves Wednesday, the 83rd edition of the Walloon Arrow in the direction of Wall of Huy. Julian Alaphilippe won last year and is also now the big favourite. But also Alejandro Valverde, the record holder with five victories but last year’s second, is aiming for the title.
The absolute favourite is defending champion Julian Alaphilippe. In the Brabant Arrow, he had to have been multiple even recognize in Mathieu van der Poel, and in the Amstel, he seemed on the way to the victory, but hastened to the Dutchman passed him in the slot and he finished fourth, his best ever result in the Dutch classic. Alaphilippe knew last year after two second places, in 2015 and 2016, finally an end to the reign of Alejandro Valverde and also seems to be now the man to beat. Valverde is record holder, the world champion seems not about the form of other years, although he could still surprise.
The opposition seems also to have come out of the block of Lotto Soudal. Jelle Vanendert drove a nice Amstel Gold Race and finished last year third in the Flèche wallonne, on six counts of the Frenchman, team-mate Wellens was seventh. It caused a quarrel between the two riders, but that is now settled. In addition to this duo, there is also another youngster Bjorg Lambrecht. In the Tour of the Basque country, he seemed on his way to his first victory in the World Tour on a steep arrival, but hurried Alaphilippe him just beyond. Though the Wall of Huy, of course, yet another pair of sleeves over the finish line in Gorraiz. There was also Michal Kwiatkowski third. The Pole can also be among the favourites, especially after his strong Amstel Gold Race.
It is also looking forward to Daniel Martin, second in 2017 and 2014, and the third in 2016, Dylan Teuns in 2017 third was, but last year’s disappointment with a 30th place, perhaps due to the heat. In the Tour of the Basque country was not a measure on Maximilian Schachmann with three stage wins, and Sunday he was fifth in the Amstel and last year, eighth on the Wall of Huy, may he surprise us. Finally, a and other are expected to be Michael Matthews, fifth last year, Romain Bardet, ninth in 2018, the duo of Alexey Lutsenko and Jakob Fuglsang of Astana and Adam Yates of Mitchelton-Scott.