The race is expected to come down to the traditional battle on the final ascent of the Mur de Huy, Sports Director Piotr Wadecki explained.
“We will start the race with De Marchi as our leader. I think he will be our best chance to make a good result. We have seen at his last few races, most recently Amstel Gold Race, that De Marchi is in really good shape and so if he has good legs here, I think he can be one of the guys climbing for a top ten finish. We will look to be active from the start of the race and we will definitely try to have someone in the breakaway but I think, once again, the race will come down to what happens on the final climb,” Wadecki said.
De Marchi is motivated for the second installment of the Ardennes Classics series.
“I definitely took confidence out of Sunday’s race, one which I would say was not really suited to me and now, I will go into La Flèche Wallonne focused and ready for everything. At Amstel Gold Race, we saw that you can never give up and while you might get dropped at one point, if you keep trying, it is possible to come back to the first group and start to play again. I will stay attentive on Wednesday and try to be in a good place at the right time and I will try to fight all the way to the line,” De Marchi added.
La Flèche Wallonne (24 April)
Rider Roster: Will Barta (USA), Josef Černý (CZE), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jonas Koch (GER), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Valerio Piva (ITA)