BREAKING AWAY IN THE ARDENNES

Once the cobbled classics are covered, the professional peloton heads straight into the Ardennes to race La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, two of the calendars most prolific hilly races.

BREAKING AWAY IN THE ARDENNES

WALLONIE-BRUXELLES SHINES IN IT’S BACKYARD

The Ardennes have it all: steep hills, a stunning scenery, and nail-biting action. This year, the Ardennes had even more of it. Often referred to “the Hardennes”, given the regions challenging nature, Le Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege offered a menu which couldn’t have been more diverse. 

For local team Wallonie-Bruxelles both races have a high priority. Being held in their backyard, the team and its riders know every corner. Therefore, it’s understandable that the team took to the start with high hopes.

The team geared up, equipping their Scope R4c and R5c wheelsets with Schwalbe’s latest version of their tubeless Pro One. A proven combination.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

While La Fleche Wallonne saw the riders taking on the course in nice conditions, the weather on Sunday was quite the opposite. Rain and temperatures around 5 degrees made racing atrocious and exhausting for the majority of the peloton. 

Again, the break went early. This time, Wallonie-Bruxelles managed to place Mathijs Paasschens and Kenny Molly in the break. Both stayed out until the final hour of racing, tackling the Cote de Wanne and Cote de Stockaeu ahead of the main contenders.

The challenging terrain of the Ardennes didn’t just make for tough racing but also meant that the equipment was put through its paces. 

Wallonie-Bruxelles managed to came away unscathed. And proved once again that racing tubeless accelerates ambitions.

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

BREAKING AWAY IN THE ARDENNES

WALLONIE-BRUXELLES SHINES IN IT’S BACKYARD

The Ardennes have it all: steep hills, a stunning scenery, and nail-biting action. This year, the Ardennes had even more of it. Often referred to “the Hardennes”, given the regions challenging nature, Le Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege offered a menu which couldn’t have been more diverse. 

For local team Wallonie-Bruxelles both races have a high priority. Being held in their backyard, the team and its riders know every corner. Therefore, it’s understandable that the team took to the start with high hopes.

The team geared up, equipping their Scope R4c and R5c wheelsets with Schwalbe’s latest version of their tubeless Pro One. A proven combination.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

While La Fleche Wallonne saw the riders taking on the course in nice conditions, the weather on Sunday was quite the opposite. Rain and temperatures around 5 degrees made racing atrocious and exhausting for the majority of the peloton. 

Again, the break went early. This time, Wallonie-Bruxelles managed to place Mathijs Paasschens and Kenny Molly in the break. Both stayed out until the final hour of racing, tackling the Cote de Wanne and Cote de Stockaeu ahead of the main contenders.

The challenging terrain of the Ardennes didn’t just make for tough racing but also meant that the equipment was put through its paces. 

Wallonie-Bruxelles managed to came away unscathed. And proved once again that racing tubeless accelerates ambitions.

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

BREAKING AWAY IN THE ARDENNES

WALLONIE-BRUXELLES SHINES IN IT’S BACKYARD

The Ardennes have it all: steep hills, a stunning scenery, and nail-biting action. This year, the Ardennes had even more of it. Often referred to “the Hardennes”, given the regions challenging nature, Le Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege offered a menu which couldn’t have been more diverse. 

For local team Wallonie-Bruxelles both races have a high priority. Being held in their backyard, the team and its riders know every corner. Therefore, it’s understandable that the team took to the start with high hopes.

The team geared up, equipping their Scope R4c and R5c wheelsets with Schwalbe’s latest version of their tubeless Pro One. A proven combination.

La Fleche Wallonne

Traditionally held during the week, La Fleche Wallonne sort of marks the roll-in for it’s bigger brother, Liege-Bastogne-Liege. 

The peloton has to cover 195 kilometers from Ans to the finish atop the iconic Mur de Huy.

With the thermometer showing nearly 20 degrees, it was always going to be a nice day in the office for the World Tour peloton. It didn’t take long until a handful of riders managed to slip away from the peloton. Among them was Wallonie-Bruxelles neo-pro Tom Wirtgen. The young Luxembourger rode courageously all day, showing off his pedigree.

In the end, the team managed to show itself as active as ever in front of its home crowd.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

While La Fleche Wallonne saw the riders taking on the course in nice conditions, the weather on Sunday was quite the opposite. Rain and temperatures around 5 degrees made racing atrocious and exhausting for the majority of the peloton. 

Again, the break went early. This time, Wallonie-Bruxelles managed to place Mathijs Paasschens and Kenny Molly in the break. Both stayed out until the final hour of racing, tackling the Cote de Wanne and Cote de Stockaeu ahead of the main contenders.

The challenging terrain of the Ardennes didn’t just make for tough racing but also meant that the equipment was put through its paces. 

Wallonie-Bruxelles managed to came away unscathed. And proved once again that racing tubeless accelerates ambitions.

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto