The second race of Ardennes Week produced the expected climax, but an unexpected winner.
Katusha’s Daniel Moreno is best known for his fidelity to 2012 world number one, Joaquim Rodriguez, but on the Mur de Huy, the rider so often cast in the supporting role took centre stage.
Moreno’s victory was made sweeter by the quality of the field vanquished by his decisive attack: one that included Rodriguez, his more decorated team-mate and the defending champion.
Stefano Sirotti was our man with the camera. Here’s a gallery showing how the action unfolded.
BMC Racing made their intentions plain. Britain’s Steve Cummings (far right) helped to set the pace
The Mur de Huy was once again the key battle ground for La Fleche Wallonne
Carlos Betancur didn’t wait long to launch his attack on arguably the most famous ‘wall’ in the Ardennes
Philippe Gilbert led the response but was unable to last the distance
Daniel Moreno relishes a rare personal triumph – the most significant of his career
Team Sky’s Classics campaign remains a work in progress but second place for Sergio Henao should have lifted spirits
Ireland’s Dan Martin left his attack late and narrowly lost out to Betancur in the race for the final podium slot
Philippe Gilbert contemplates another hard day at the office