I don’t know if you’ve heard but the Ardennes classics are in town, they welcome the riders for 3 days to remind them how peanuts the cobbles actually are.
With Lawson Craddock bringing the pink to the Amstel Gold race, we went and followed EF Drapac Cannondale during de Waalse Pijl, or la Flèche Wallonne if you want to sound fancy.
Welcome to the #hardennes, the battle of the strongest
The Ardennes Mur is as unforgiving as the cobbled one in Flanders. The riders have to battle it 3 times.
The first time, their bodies go over it, dancing on the paddles of their bikes, taking in the crowd, some of them even with a cheeky little smile on their faces.
The second time they ride the mur with the third time in mind, knowing the Mur isn’t going to give them a welcoming hug, but a rather tough pad on the shoulder and a coca cola if they’re quick.
The last time the dancing stops, it is about dragging yourself and your bike over that thin white line in the distance. Eyes pinned down on the end of the climb. Nothing else. The Mur the Huy might be one of the most honest finish lines in the UCI calendar.