The Tour of the Alps, Walloon Arrow and Liège-Bastogne-Liège mark the week

The Italian stage tour, with Nibali and Froome, and the two classic Ardennes, with Alaphilippe and Valverde, center the cycling calendar this week.


Following the thrilling final sprint of the Amstel Gold Race in which Mathieu Van der Poel achieved a victory for the history, the Tritic of the Ardennes continues with two other very demanding events for the riders: the Walloon Arrow and the Liege-Bastogne-Liège . In addition, some of the great figures of the general will be measured in the Tour of the Alps, in one of the last tests for many runners before the Tour of Italy.

Tour of the Alps (April 22-26)

The old Giro del Trentino is presented with a quite demanding route in which the second stage with the ascent to Monte Giovo (1st, top at 2,000 meters) on the way to Scena, the fourth with the ascent to the Forcella di Brez (1st) and Passo Predaia (2nd) and the fifth, with the climbs to Klobestein (2nd) and Jenesien - San Genesio (1st) before the descent to the goal of Bolzano will decide the general. Vincenzo Nibali and Chris Froome start as favorites to win against rivals such as Rafal Majka, Pello Bilbao or Mikel Bizkarra among others.

Flecha Valona (April 24)

The Ardennes Triptych continues with the 195 kilometers of the Walloon Arrow. The levels of Tancrémont and Forges will be the advance to the final entry to the final circuit which will give three laps and in which the mythical levels of Ereffe, Cherave and the Wall of Huy will ascend in as many others, that with their 1.3 to 9 , 6% and ramps up to 19% will decide the winner of the race. Alejandro Valverde will seek his sixth title and snatch the throne from Julian Alaphilippe, champion in 2018. Tim Wellens, Michael Matthews, Alexey Lutsenko, Romain Bardet, Dylan Teuns, Michael Woods, Robert Gesink, Michal Kwiatkowski, Wout Poels, Bauke Mollema, Rui Costa Dan Martin are other aspirants to impose themselves in the Wall of Huy.

A female category, of 118 kilometers with two laps to the final circuit with the heights of Ereffe, Cherave and the climb to the Wall of Huy, the world champion Anna Van der Breggen will seek its fifth consecutive title to equal the five victories of Marianne Vos.

Lieja-Bastoña-Liège (28 April)

La Decana returns to profile one more year as the great event of the Ardennes thanks to the 10 demanding levels of its route in the almost 256 kilometers of layout. The heights of La Roche-en-Ardenne and Saint-Roche will give way to a final 100 kilometers that will climb the heights of Mont-le-Soie, Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levée that could break the race before the last 60 kilometers where the heights of Rosier, Maquisard, La Redoute, Forges and La Roche-Aux-Facons await, which could make the definitive sieve 15 kilometers from the Liege goal. Alejandro Valverde will play his fifth title against a Julian Alaphilippe who will seek his first win in Liege, Tim Wellens, Michael Matthews, Alexey Lutsenko, Romain Bardet, Dylan Teuns, Michael Woods, Robert Gesink, Michal Kwiatkowski, Wout Poels, Bauke Mollema, Rui Costa and Bob Jungels, current champion of the race.

In the women's event, of 138.5 kilometers, in which those located at La Redoute and La Roche-aux-Facons are decisive, Anna Van der Breggen will seek her third consecutive title after prevailing in the two editions held to date in 2017 and 2018.

Other races

Giro del Belvedere (April 22)

Tro-Bro Leon (April 22)

Continental Campaigns of Asia Route (23-28 April)

58º GP Palio del Recioto (April 23)

Return to Castilla y León (April 25-27)

Tour of Brittany (April 25 - May 1)

Tour of Mersin (April 25-28) 444444 4

E3 BinckBank Classic Junior (April 27)

EPZ Omloop van Borsele (April 26-28 junior female event, April 27 female absolute event, April 28 junior male event)

Tour du Jura (April 27-28)

15th Rutland - Melton Cicle Classic (April 28)

Giro dell'Appenino (April 28)

Visegraz 4 Bicycle Race Grand Prix Poland (April 28)

Track

National Championships of Guatemala (April 27-28)

MTB

International MTB Tour in Araxá (Brazil, 25 -28 April)

World Cup Mercedes-Benz in Maribor (Slovenia, 27-28 April)

Klippingracet 2019 (April 27)

Ramat Hanadiv (April 27)

UCI MTB Marathon Series 10th Tiliment Marathon Bike (April 28)

MTB Croatia Cup (April 28)

Mezquita Cup Junior Peñamonte (April 28)

II. Nagykanisza Nagydíj (April 28)

Third Test of the Internazionali d'Italia Series (April 28)

First MTBliga Test (April 28)

Strabag Czech MTB Cup (April 28)

French National Championship E-MTB (April 28)

Catalan Catalana Internacional 2019 Santa Sussana (April 28)

Fiskumrittet (April 28)

Arovia Vittoria-Fischer Bike Cup Lostorf (April 28)



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