Amstel Gold Race – Gallery

Watch it on the television and you find yourself leaning into the lounge chair: left, right, left, left, right… and onward. Up, down, around and around the province of Limburg the route takes the peloton showing off the best Dutch hills available for cycling. The Amstel Gold Race: sponsored by a beer and named that way since its inception in 1966 when Jean Stablinski won the title. Once again it was the Master of the Cauberg, Philippe Gilbert who beat everyone to the line. It’s his third win in the Dutch race which is contested on a course that is similar to the world championships in Valkenburg in 2012 when… yep, Gilbert was the winner.

Here is a gallery of 28 images by Wei Yuet Wong from the day ‘Phil Gil’ beat Jelle Vanendert and Simon Gerrans. (Click the photo of the trio on the podium to begin the slideshow.)

 

  • Jelle Vanendert, Philippe Gilbert and Simon Gerrans. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Joaquim Rodriguez... who would crash out early in the race. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Simon Gerrans. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Rui Costa. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Second last year, third in 2014... Simon Gerrans. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Dan Martin. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Carlos Betancur. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Philippe Gilbert. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Thomas Voeckler... Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Michal Kwiatkowski. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Damiano Cunego. Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

  • Photo: Wei Yuet Wong

 

Seeing the Classics: a new perspective

 

– By Wei Yuet Wong

 

“I went to the start, and then to Valkenburg, and walked up and down the Cauberg. And was at the finish. Guess the Amstel Gold seems like the odd one among the major spring Classics. It’s the youngest one – this is only the 49th edition… and it’s the only one in the Netherlands. But, it is still a tough race at over 250km, with 34 climbs. Riders were shaking with exhaustion at the finish. The start list is also impressive, with three current world champions – Rui Costa (road), Tony Martin (TT), and Matej Mohoric (U23 road). However, the win went to a former world champion who looks to be finding the correct form again after a relatively disappointing 2013. There were some riders whom I thought would go well, but didn’t, like Carlos Betancur, Rui Costa, and Alejandro Valverde. Michal Kwiatkowski was my pick, but he didn’t come in top three, but still made a good ride. I have also included a selection of Simon Gerrans for your Australian audience…”

 

1 Philippe GILBERT BEL BMC 6:25:57
2 Jelle VANENDERT BEL LTB at 5″
3 Simon GERRANS AUS OGE 6″
4 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV 6″
5 Michal KWIATKOWSKI POL OPQ 6″
6 Simon GESCHKE GER GIA 10″
7 Bauke MOLLEMA NED BEL 10″
8 Enrico GASPAROTTO ITA AST 10″
9 Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ ESP KAT 10″
10 Yukiya ARASHIRO JPN EUC 12″
11 Björn LEUKEMANS BEL WGG 12″
12 Michael MATTHEWS AUS OGE 12″
13 Davide REBELLIN ITA CCC 12″
14 Fabian WEGMANN GER GRS 12″
15 Anthony ROUX FRA FDJ 12″
16 Giampaolo CARUSO ITA KAT 12″
17 Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA POR LAM 12″
18 Roman KREUZIGER CZE TCS 12″
19 Alexandr KOLOBNEV RUS KAT 21″
20 Tom DUMOULIN NED GIA 21″
21 Tom Jelte SLAGTER NED GRS 21″
22 Lars Petter NORDHAUG NOR BEL 21″
23 Arnold JEANNESSON FRA FDJ 21″
24 Frank SCHLECK LUX TFR 23″
25 Thomas VOECKLER FRA EUC 36″
26 Paul MARTENS GER BEL 36″
27 Cyril GAUTIER FRA EUC 36″
28 Eduard VORGANOV RUS KAT 36″
29 Jakob FUGLSANG DEN AST 36″
30 Fabio FELLINE ITA TFR 36″
31 Marco MARCATO ITA CAN 36″
32 Enrico BARBIN ITA BAR 36″
33 Romain BARDET FRA ALM 36″
34 Diego ULISSI ITA LAM 36″
35 Alex HOWES USA GRS 36″
36 Stefan DENIFL AUT IAM 36″
37 Chris Anker SÖRENSEN DEN TCS 36″
38 Bob JUNGELS LUX TFR 36″
39 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN NOR SKY 36″
40 Greg VAN AVERMAET BEL BMC 36″
41 Mikael CHEREL FRA ALM +1:01
42 Marcus BURGHARDT GER BMC +1:01
43 Ben HERMANS BEL BMC +1:01
44 Dominik NERZ GER BMC +1:01
45 Davide MALACARNE ITA EUC +1:01
46 Jan BAKELANTS BEL OPQ +1:01
47 Dennis VANENDERT BEL LTB +1:01
48 Kristijan DURASEK CRO LAM +1:01
49 Alessandro DE MARCHI ITA CAN +1:01
50 Damiano CUNEGO ITA LAM +1:01
51 Laurens TEN DAM NED BEL +1:01
52 Vincenzo NIBALI ITA AST +1:01
53 Preben VAN HECKE BEL TSV +1:32
54 Christophe RIBLON FRA ALM +1:32
55 Benoît VAUGRENARD FRA FDJ +1:32
56 Simon CLARKE AUS OGE +1:32
57 Rafael VALLS FERRI ESP LAM +1:32
58 Angelo PAGANI ITA BAR +1:32
59 Michal GOLAS POL OPQ +1:32
60 Pieter SERRY BEL OPQ +2:03
61 Lieuwe WESTRA NED AST +2:03
62 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ ESP BMC +2:16
63 Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL ESP KAT +2:54
64 Angel VICIOSO ARCOS ESP KAT +2:54
65 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ COL ALM +2:54
66 Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI ESP MOV +2:54
67 Pieter WEENING NED OGE +3:07
68 Tim WELLENS BEL LTB +3:23
69 Maciej PATERSKI POL CCC +3:32
70 Nathan HAAS AUS GRS +5:36
71 Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS LTU GRS +5:36
72 Tony MARTIN GER OPQ +6:26
73 Matteo MONTAGUTI ITA ALM +6:26
74 Matthias BRANDLE AUT IAM +6:26
75 Thomas LÖVKVIST SWE IAM +6:26
76 Daryl IMPEY RSA OGE +6:26
77 Bram TANKINK NED BEL +8:45
78 Peter VELITS SVK BMC +10:00
79 Nathan EARLE AUS SKY +10:00
80 Matthew BUSCHE USA TFR +10:00
81 Thomas SPRENGERS BEL TSV +10:00
82 Pim LIGTHART NED LTB +10:00
83 Bart DE CLERCQ BEL LTB +10:00
84 Pieter JACOBS BEL TSV +10:00
85 Marco BANDIERA ITA AND +10:00
86 Kévin REZA FRA EUC +10:00
87 Johnny HOOGERLAND NED AND +10:00
88 Zico WAEYTENS BEL TSV +10:00
89 Jérôme BAUGNIES BEL WGG +10:00
90 Andriy GRIVKO UKR AST +10:00
91 Reto HOLLENSTEIN SUI IAM +10:00
92 Angelo TULIK FRA EUC +10:00
93 Jean Marc MARINO FRA CAN +10:00
94 Jonathan HIVERT FRA BEL +10:00
95 Antonio PARRINELLO ITA AND +10:00
96 Jussi VEIKKANEN FIN FDJ +10:00
97 Sébastien MINARD FRA ALM +10:00
98 Tony GALLOPIN FRA LTB +10:00
99 Jérôme PINEAU FRA IAM +10:00
100 Ben GASTAUER LUX ALM +10:00
101 Maxim IGLINSKY KAZ AST +10:00
102 Alexey LUTSENKO KAZ AST +10:00
103 Jaroslaw MARYCZ POL CCC +10:00
104 Karsten KROON NED TCS +10:00
105 Dries DEVENYNS BEL GIA +10:00
106 Davide VILLELLA ITA CAN +10:00
107 Marco CANOLA ITA BAR +10:00
108 Bryan COQUARD FRA EUC +10:00
109 Pirmin LANG SUI IAM +10:00
110 Laurens DE VREESE BEL WGG +13:15
111 Guillaume BONNAFOND FRA ALM +13:15
112 Matej MOHORIC SLO CAN +13:15
113 Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO ITA BAR +13:15
114 Boy VAN POPPEL NED TFR +13:15
115 Rory SUTHERLAND AUS TCS +13:15
116 Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG RSA GIA +13:15
117 Roy CURVERS NED GIA +13:15
118 Wouter POELS NED OPQ +13:15
119 Borut BOZIC SLO AST +13:15
120 Marco FRAPPORTI ITA AND +13:15
121 Arthur VAN OVERBERGHE BEL TSV +13:15
122 Jérémy ROY FRA FDJ +16:13
123 Michael Valgren ANDERSEN DEN TCS +16:13
DNF Jesper HANSEN DEN TCS
DNF Bruno PIRES POR TCS
DNF Nicki SÖRENSEN DEN TCS
DNF Jos VAN EMDEN NED BEL
DNF David TANNER AUS BEL
DNF Michael SCHÄR SUI BMC
DNF Alberto BETTIOL ITA CAN
DNF Michel KOCH GER CAN
DNF Daniele RATTO ITA CAN
DNF Arnaud COURTEILLE FRA FDJ
DNF Murilo Antonio FISCHER BRA FDJ
DNF Matthieu LADAGNOUS FRA FDJ
DNF Thomas DEKKER NED GRS
DNF Sebastian LANGEVELD NED GRS
DNF Daniel MARTIN IRL GRS
DNF Matteo BONO ITA LAM
DNF Mattia CATTANEO ITA LAM
DNF Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA POR LAM
DNF Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK BEL LTB
DNF Tosh VAN DER SANDE BEL LTB
DNF Imanol ERVITI ESP MOV
DNF John GADRET FRA MOV
DNF Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV
DNF Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI ESP MOV
DNF José Ivan GUTIERREZ PALACIOS ESP MOV
DNF Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA ESP MOV
DNF Zdenek STYBAR CZE OPQ
DNF Julian ALAPHILIPPE FRA OPQ
DNF Michael ALBASINI SUI OGE
DNF Mathew HAYMAN AUS OGE
DNF Christian MEIER CAN OGE
DNF Perrig QUEMENEUR FRA EUC
DNF Koen DE KORT NED GIA
DNF Thierry HUPOND FRA GIA
DNF Albert TIMMER NED GIA
DNF Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER ESP KAT
DNF Sergei CHERNETSKI RUS KAT
DNF Ian BOSWELL USA SKY
DNF Joshua EDMONDSON GBR SKY
DNF Christian KNEES GER SKY
DNF Danny PATE USA SKY
DNF Ben SWIFT GBR SKY
DNF Geraint THOMAS GBR SKY
DNF Andy SCHLECK LUX TFR
DNF Kristof VANDEWALLE BEL TFR
DNF Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE ESP TFR
DNF Manuel BELLETTI ITA AND
DNF Nicola TESTI ITA AND
DNF Omar BERTAZZO ITA AND
DNF Andrea ZORDAN ITA AND
DNF Bartlomiej MATYSIAK POL CCC
DNF Lukasz OWSIAN POL CCC
DNF Marek RUTKIEWICZ POL CCC
DNF Adrian HONKISZ POL CCC
DNF Adrian KUREK POL CCC
DNF Sylvain CHAVANEL FRA IAM
DNF Aleksejs SARAMOTINS LAT IAM
DNF Edward THEUNS BEL TSV
DNF Eliot LIETAER BEL TSV
DNF Pieter VANSPEYBROUCK BEL TSV
DNF Wesley KREDER NED WGG
DNF Michel KREDER NED WGG
DNF Marco MINNAARD NED WGG
DNF Nico SIJMENS BEL WGG
DNF James VANLANDSCHOOT BEL WGG
DNF Sonny COLBRELLI ITA BAR
DNF Enrico BATTAGLIN ITA BAR
DNF Nicola BOEM ITA BAR
DNF Edoardo ZARDINI ITA BAR

Author: rob@ride

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