Road: a massively vast crowd of enthusiastic cykelfans had gathered in the Cauberg to see the dissolution of the Amstel Gold Race. They got to see an awesome finale where Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) unleashed all his power with a few hundred meters away from the finish line. No follow up with the Belgian who secured his and the team’s first victory of the season.
A vast crowd of enthusiastic cykelfans had gathered in the Cauberg to see the dissolution of the Amstel Gold Race. They got to see an awesome finale where Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) unleashed all his power with a few hundred meters away from the finish line. No follow up with the Belgian who secured his and the team’s first victory of the season.
Amstel Gold Race offered a huge thrill for the last three miles. Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) was the one that started the great bicycle riding with an attack up the Kruisberg. He sailed away but behind it started scratching in Favorites. With 19 kilometers left introduced himself Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank). He upped the tempo and walked away from the rest of the field and was quickly catching up Marco Marcato. But behind they realized with great legs, especially Philippe Gilbert, danger and chased up.
A leading group was formed with Marco Marcato, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team), Andy Schleck, Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Vincenzo Nibali, Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo), Alexander He, Sergei Ivanov (Team Katusha), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Philippe Gilbert.
The attacks succeeded each other
When the next upgrade was in the offing came next offensive from Andy Schleck. This time it was all with but then countered his brother Fränk Schleck and the band split.Damiano Cunego was sitting with good bones so far into the race and raising the tempo further with 15 kilometers to go. A Quartet consisting of Damiano Cunego, Fränk Schleck, Alexander He and Philippe Gilbert was formed.
Behind them was chasing Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) to try to connect to the lead from the main field. In action later, so was the Australian back in action. Last year’s Amstel Gold Race-winner, Sergei Ivanov, had inserted a cruel attack on the downward slope to the dreaded Keutenberg before Cadel Evans had managed to connect to the world champion went on to try to capture him. But between Cadel Evans and Sergei Ivanov chased Jurgen Vandenbroeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto). A tired Vandenbroeck missed the Russian right at the entrance of the Keutenberg and seconds behind them came Cadel Evans, Damiano Cunego, Philippe Gilbert, Alexander He and Fränk Schleck at full speed.
Gilbert drove smart
Sergei Ivanov showed he had a lot of energy left in his body and raised the speed properly when it brantade to the Keutenberg. Jurgen Vandenbroeck got way down immediately while Philippe Gilbert, Damiano Cunego, Fränk Schleck, Alexander and He came up with the Russian. With Keutenberg completed showed Gilbert for the first time that he had kanonben. He walked away from his four competitors from the tip just after the Keutenberg.
“When I was away I decided to spare no effort to end, so I was expecting them,” explains Philippe Gilbert after the finish.
The Quartet came up with Belgian and then it was time for the next solo effort. Alexander He went off and he struggled against in front in the lead all the way to the Cauberg. Once inside the target pitch came the chasing group, which has grown bigger on the way in to the Cauberg, catch up with the Russians.
Then got a large crowd to witness a strong Philippe Gilbert as ohotat sprinted home victory before Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) and Enrico Gasparotto (Astana).
Amstel Gold Race:
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto, 6:22:54
2. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 0:02
3 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
Bert De Waele 4 (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:05
5 Roman Kreuziger (Gi) Liquigas-Doimo
6, Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
7 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:07
8 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09
9 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team, 0:11
10 Chris Horner (United States) Team Radioshack
11 Paul Martens (Tys) Rabobank
12 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
14 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 0:17
Eduard Vorganov (Rus) 15 Team Katusha
16 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:19
17 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:21
18 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:25
19 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step 0:37
20 Jurgen Vandenbroeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto, 0:46