Dramatic victory for Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold Race
Apr 21 2019 11:10 pm CET

Dramatic victory for Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold Race
Dramatic victory for Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold Race
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

Corendon-Circus' Mathieu van der Poel has won the Amstel Gold Race. The rider's group caught the front men in the last metres and he launched a sprint that none of the others could match.

The Dutch classic was 265.7 kilometres long over a route that included 35 climbs, including three ascents of the iconic Cauberg. The escape of the day was formed at around 229 kilometres to go by eleven riders, included names like Michael Schär and Marco Minaard and finished at around 50 kilometres to go.

One of the race favourites Mathieu van der Poel launched an attack with 43 kilometres to go and he was joined by Astana's Gorka Izagirre. The duo was caught a few kilometres after and moments later Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Julian Alaphilippe tried his luck with 36 kilometres to go and was later joined by Astana's Jakob Fuglsang.

Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin jumped from the pack to try to catch the escapees and was joined by Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski and EF Education First's Michael Woods. With a bit more than one kilometre to go, Kwiatkowski got to the front duo and very soon after they were joined by the next chasing group that was led by Van der Poel.

The Dutch national champion launched a strong sprint in the last metres as they caught the front trio, and nobody had the strength to match it. EF Education First's Simon Clarke and Fuglsang completed the podium of the Dutch race.

This victory comes just days after Van der Poel won the Brabantse Pijl. The rider also won Dwars door Vlaanderen earlier in the month.



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