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Retro: Flèche Wallonne – Photo Gallery And Video From 1986

PeloPics: As the WorldTour moves on to the Ardennes for the hilly Classics we look back at Le Flèche Wallonne of 1986. The winner on the day was Laurent Fignon, ’86 was not the Frenchman’s best year due to injury, but that day in Belgium he was in his element and delivered an emphatic win – Photos from Cor Vos.

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Robert MILLAR  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Robert Millar (Pipa York) – 2nd Overall in the Vuelta a España with a stage win and 2nd Overall in the Tour de Suisse in ’86

In the finalé Fignon was away with Kim Andersen and 13 kilometers from the finish on the Mur de Huy, Fignon put in a storming attack on the Côte d’Ahin, which Andersen could not follow. From there Fignon never looked back to win by 1:34 over Andersen. Later Andersen was disqualified for a doping offense, one of four failed drug tests. Jean-Claude Leclercq (KAS) moved up to second at 3:00 with Claude Criquielion (Hitachi) at 3:07 in third. Greg Lemond got the better of Sean Kelly for 4th and World champion Joop Zoetemelk was 6th.

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Steve BAUER pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Canadian Steven Bauer – Now works with BMC

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Greg LEMOND  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
4th for Greg Lemond just behind Criquilion in 3rd

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Robert MILLAR  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Robert Millar probably not giving autographs

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie peloton pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Alexi Grewal leading Alain Bondue

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Alain VIGNERON pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Alain Vigneron leading Guiseppi Sarroni

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Roy KNICKMAN - Jan BOGAERT  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Roy Knickman and Jan Bogaert

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Emanuele Bombini pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
A good result for Emanuele Bombini riding for the Vini Ricordi-Pinarello-Sidermec team

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Alain BONDUE  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Pursuiter, Alain Bondue on a solo attack

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Yvon MADIOT pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Yvon, younger brother of double Paris-Roubaix winner Marc Madiot

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Joop ZOETEMELK - Sean KELLY and Johan VAN DER VELDE pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
The oldest man in the race – Joop Zoetemelk

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Joop ZOETEMELK - Sean KELLY pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Kelly got the better of Zoetemelk by 7 seconds

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Charly MOTTET  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Charly Mottet had a long career – In ’86 he won two stages in the Vuelta a España and took 10th in the Flèche Wallonne

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Bernard HINAULT  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
16th for Bernard Hinault in his final year as a pro

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Greg LEMOND - Rolf GOLZ  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Lemond went on to win the Tour de France in ’86 ahead of teammate Hinault

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Theo DE ROOY - ROOIJ  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Theo de Rooij (Rooy)

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Pedro DELGADO  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Pedro Delgado was 10th in the Vuelta in 1986, but DNF’d in the Giro and Tour

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Alain BONDUE pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Maybe not the best race for a trackman, but Alain Bondue made his mark

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -   Claude CRIQUIELION pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Claude Crequielion had a good spring campaign in 1986 – 1st GP du Midi Libre, 8th Tour of Flanders, 4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège, 9th Amstel Gold Race and 3rd in Flèche Wallonne

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Alexis GREWAL  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Olympic champion Alexi Grewal going solo

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -   Alexis GREWAL pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Pascal SIMON - Paul HAGHEDOOREN pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Near Tour de France winner Pascal Simon followed by Belgian road champion Paul Haghedooren

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Hennie KUIPER   pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Hennie Kuiper was feeling the cold

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Robert MILLAR pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Robert Millar finished in the top 40 and then went on to take 2nd overall in the 1986 Vuelta a España

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Charly MOTTET - Greg LEMOND and Claude CRIQUIELION  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Greg Lemond leading Claude Criquielion and Charly Mottet

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Gerrie KNETEMANN  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Ex-World champion and multi winner, the late Gerrie Knetemann

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Joop ZOETEMELK  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
World champion, Joop Zoetemelk in 6th place

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Sean KELLY pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
The leaders at the front

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Sean KELLY - Kim ANDERSEN pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Sean Kelly was well up on the climb to take 5th

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Laurent FIGNON pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Fignon solo on the Mur de Huy

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Kim ANDERSEN  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Second place for Kim Andersen, but…

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief -  Laurent FIGNON pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
’85 and ’86 were Fignon’s injury years – The Flèche Wallonne win was a highlight

Huy - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - stock - archieves - archive archief - Claude CRIQUIELION - Kim ANDERSEN  pictured during Fleche Wallone Elite 1986 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Criquielion asked why he didn’t win as Kim Anderson hangs his head

Kim Andersen finished second at 1 minute 34 seconds, but was disqualified after a doping positive.

Race action:

Flèche Wallonne 1986 Result:
1. Laurent Fignon (Fra) Systeme U in 6:24:39
2. Jean-Claude Leclercq (Fra) KAS at 3:00
3. Claude Criquielion (Bel) Hitachi-Marc-Splendor at 3:07
4. Greg Lemond (USA) La Vie Claire-Wonder-Look at 3:09
5. Sean Kelly (Irl) KAS at 3:12
6. Joop Zoetemelk (Ned) Kwantum-Decosol-Yoko at 3:19
7. Steven Rooks (Ned) PDM at 3:20
8. Rolf Gölz (Ger) Del Tongo-Colnago at 3:21
9. Johan Van Der Velde (Ned) Panasonic at 3:30
10. Charly Mottet (Fra) Systeme U at 3:38
11. Acacio Da Silva Mora (Por) Malvor-Bottecchia-Vaporella at 3:44
12. Emanuele Bombini (Ita) Vini Ricordi-Pinarello-Sidermec at 3:54
13. Dag-Erik Pedersen (Nor) Ariostea at 3:56
14. Urs Zimmermann (Swi) Carrera Jeans at 4:05
15. Yvon Madiot (Fra) Systeme U at 4:10
16. Bernard Hinault (Fra) La Vie Claire-Wonder-Look at 4:28
17. Theo De Rooy (Ned) Panasonic at 4:35
18. Robert Forest (Fra) Peugeot-Shell-Michelin at 4:52
19. Pedro Delgado Robledo (Spa) PDM at 5:18
20. Jan Nevens (Bel) Lotto-Merckx at 12:15
21. Jean-Philippe Vandenbrande ((Bel) Hitachi-Marc-Splendor
22. Eddy Schepers (Bel) Carrera Jeans)
23. Pascal Simon (Fra) Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
24. Régis Simon (Fra) R.M.O.-Meral-Mavic
25. Stefan Morjean (Bel) Hitachi-Marc-Splendor
26. Fons De Wolf (Bel) Skala-Skil
27. Gerrie Knetemann (Ned) PDM
28. Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita) Supermercati Brianzoli
31. Hennie Kuiper (Ned) Skala-Skil
37. Bjarne Riis (Den) Roland-Van de Ven-Colnago
38. Robert Millar (GB) Panasonic
41. Adrie Van Der Poel (Ned) Kwantum-Decosol-Yoko
42. Pascal Richard (Swi) KAS
46. Davide Cassani (Ita) Carrera Jeans at 13:30
50. Dirk De Wolf (Bel) Hitachi- Marc-Splendor
51. Giuseppe Saronni (Ita) Del Tongo-Colnago
55. Gert-Jan Theunisse (Ned) Panasonic.

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