View From the Mur de Huy: A Patrick Verhoest Mega-Gallery!

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If the good folks of Classicslandia are out stapling yellow signs to the utility poles, it must be time for another big ASO race. Yep, it's La Fleche Wallonne!

It's a Patrick Verhoest mega-gallery, with men's and women's races. Double your pleasure... chez flip!

Some early daytime scenes on the famous Mur de Huy. I like to think that wisp of smoke is some sort of burning fat...

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These folks came out early to cheer for, um, everyone?

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Faces of the startline... including Papa Schleck!

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I've never seen the Sky stripe with the inspirational passage up close. Is this new?

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Anyway, to the roads. Here are the women coming up the Mur on an early passage, with the heads of state carefully controlling the front.

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Team USA's Kristin McGrath digs deep:

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Now the finale, as Evie Stevens of Specialized-lululemon goes chica-a-chica with the legendary Golden Fox, Marianne Vos of Rabobank:

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And it's the American who pulls away for the win!

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A spent Vos...

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Stevens looked ecstatic in every picture I've seen so far:

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And the podium. Linda Villumsen gets third.

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Now the dudes. Here's an early lap, leg warmers still on...

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On the Mur de Huy, strong men also cry:

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The finale, Purito Rodriguez looks back to see the size of his gap. Answer: big...

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Knowing he has it, Rodriguez goes into celebratory mode:

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And the finish:

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It takes a tough hill to make Gilbert wobble...

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Muddy faces at the end, thanks to some late showers:

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And your dudes podium. Michael Albasini takes second.

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I suppose it wouldn't be a Patrick Verhoest gallery without some pleasant surprises. [Please don't try this at home.] This one's for Gavia:

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And PNW in da house! Hi Chris.

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And that, folks, is another awesome Patrick Verhoest Gallery!

All photos by Patrick Verhoest for the Podium Cafe

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