Dunbar gets another big Team Sky call up after Amstel Gold ride

Posted on: April 22nd, 2019
Eddie Dunbar already has one Ardennes classic under his belt in the shape of Amstel Gold and now he goes into another on Wednesday at La Flèche Wallonne.

Having worked for Team Sky leader Michał Kwiatkowski at Amstel Gold and finished the race, Eddie Dunbar has been called up for another of the Ardennes Classics.

The 22-year-old Irishman, in his first full season at WorldTour level, is named in the Team Sky line-up for La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday.

Indeed, Team Sky has named an unchanged team to that which rode Amstel Gold yesterday.

As well as Kwiatkowski and Dunbar, also named in the line-up are: David De la Cruz, Michal Golas, Wout Poels, Diego Rosa and Dylan van Baarle.

Dunbar rode Amstel Gold, with Aqua Blue Sport, last year; going in the breakaway and only being caught by the favourites group with 17km remaining.

He finished 81st at 3:26 and this year, after being deployed on team duties, he completed the race in 100th place, in a group 11:07 off winner Matthieu van der Poel (Corendon Circus).

La Flèche Wallonne, which will also feature Ireland’s Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), takes the riders on a lumpy 195km from Ans to the infamous finish on Mur de Huy.

The Mur de Huy is one of 11 categorised climbs on the course and is ascended by the riders three times.

The finish line is situated atop the steep ramp at the end of the third passage and always proves a fantastic finale.

While the categorised climb of the Mur de Huy is 900 metres, the road kicks up for 1,300 metres from base to top.

It has an average gradient of 9.3 per cent, though some sections are 17 per cent and one bend is 26 per cent.