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.)

 

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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…”

 

1Philippe GILBERTBELBMC6:25:57
2Jelle VANENDERTBELLTBat 5″
3Simon GERRANSAUSOGE6″
4Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTEESPMOV6″
5Michal KWIATKOWSKIPOLOPQ6″
6Simon GESCHKEGERGIA10″
7Bauke MOLLEMANEDBEL10″
8Enrico GASPAROTTOITAAST10″
9Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZESPKAT10″
10Yukiya ARASHIROJPNEUC12″
11Björn LEUKEMANSBELWGG12″
12Michael MATTHEWSAUSOGE12″
13Davide REBELLINITACCC12″
14Fabian WEGMANNGERGRS12″
15Anthony ROUXFRAFDJ12″
16Giampaolo CARUSOITAKAT12″
17Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTAPORLAM12″
18Roman KREUZIGERCZETCS12″
19Alexandr KOLOBNEVRUSKAT21″
20Tom DUMOULINNEDGIA21″
21Tom Jelte SLAGTERNEDGRS21″
22Lars Petter NORDHAUGNORBEL21″
23Arnold JEANNESSONFRAFDJ21″
24Frank SCHLECKLUXTFR23″
25Thomas VOECKLERFRAEUC36″
26Paul MARTENSGERBEL36″
27Cyril GAUTIERFRAEUC36″
28Eduard VORGANOVRUSKAT36″
29Jakob FUGLSANGDENAST36″
30Fabio FELLINEITATFR36″
31Marco MARCATOITACAN36″
32Enrico BARBINITABAR36″
33Romain BARDETFRAALM36″
34Diego ULISSIITALAM36″
35Alex HOWESUSAGRS36″
36Stefan DENIFLAUTIAM36″
37Chris Anker SÖRENSENDENTCS36″
38Bob JUNGELSLUXTFR36″
39Edvald BOASSON HAGENNORSKY36″
40Greg VAN AVERMAETBELBMC36″
41Mikael CHERELFRAALM+1:01
42Marcus BURGHARDTGERBMC+1:01
43Ben HERMANSBELBMC+1:01
44Dominik NERZGERBMC+1:01
45Davide MALACARNEITAEUC+1:01
46Jan BAKELANTSBELOPQ+1:01
47Dennis VANENDERTBELLTB+1:01
48Kristijan DURASEKCROLAM+1:01
49Alessandro DE MARCHIITACAN+1:01
50Damiano CUNEGOITALAM+1:01
51Laurens TEN DAMNEDBEL+1:01
52Vincenzo NIBALIITAAST+1:01
53Preben VAN HECKEBELTSV+1:32
54Christophe RIBLONFRAALM+1:32
55Benoît VAUGRENARDFRAFDJ+1:32
56Simon CLARKEAUSOGE+1:32
57Rafael VALLS FERRIESPLAM+1:32
58Angelo PAGANIITABAR+1:32
59Michal GOLASPOLOPQ+1:32
60Pieter SERRYBELOPQ+2:03
61Lieuwe WESTRANEDAST+2:03
62Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZESPBMC+2:16
63Alberto LOSADA ALGUACILESPKAT+2:54
64Angel VICIOSO ARCOSESPKAT+2:54
65Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZCOLALM+2:54
66Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTIESPMOV+2:54
67Pieter WEENINGNEDOGE+3:07
68Tim WELLENSBELLTB+3:23
69Maciej PATERSKIPOLCCC+3:32
70Nathan HAASAUSGRS+5:36
71Ramunas NAVARDAUSKASLTUGRS+5:36
72Tony MARTINGEROPQ+6:26
73Matteo MONTAGUTIITAALM+6:26
74Matthias BRANDLEAUTIAM+6:26
75Thomas LÖVKVISTSWEIAM+6:26
76Daryl IMPEYRSAOGE+6:26
77Bram TANKINKNEDBEL+8:45
78Peter VELITSSVKBMC+10:00
79Nathan EARLEAUSSKY+10:00
80Matthew BUSCHEUSATFR+10:00
81Thomas SPRENGERSBELTSV+10:00
82Pim LIGTHARTNEDLTB+10:00
83Bart DE CLERCQBELLTB+10:00
84Pieter JACOBSBELTSV+10:00
85Marco BANDIERAITAAND+10:00
86Kévin REZAFRAEUC+10:00
87Johnny HOOGERLANDNEDAND+10:00
88Zico WAEYTENSBELTSV+10:00
89Jérôme BAUGNIESBELWGG+10:00
90Andriy GRIVKOUKRAST+10:00
91Reto HOLLENSTEINSUIIAM+10:00
92Angelo TULIKFRAEUC+10:00
93Jean Marc MARINOFRACAN+10:00
94Jonathan HIVERTFRABEL+10:00
95Antonio PARRINELLOITAAND+10:00
96Jussi VEIKKANENFINFDJ+10:00
97Sébastien MINARDFRAALM+10:00
98Tony GALLOPINFRALTB+10:00
99Jérôme PINEAUFRAIAM+10:00
100Ben GASTAUERLUXALM+10:00
101Maxim IGLINSKYKAZAST+10:00
102Alexey LUTSENKOKAZAST+10:00
103Jaroslaw MARYCZPOLCCC+10:00
104Karsten KROONNEDTCS+10:00
105Dries DEVENYNSBELGIA+10:00
106Davide VILLELLAITACAN+10:00
107Marco CANOLAITABAR+10:00
108Bryan COQUARDFRAEUC+10:00
109Pirmin LANGSUIIAM+10:00
110Laurens DE VREESEBELWGG+13:15
111Guillaume BONNAFONDFRAALM+13:15
112Matej MOHORICSLOCAN+13:15
113Francesco Manuel BONGIORNOITABAR+13:15
114Boy VAN POPPELNEDTFR+13:15
115Rory SUTHERLANDAUSTCS+13:15
116Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURGRSAGIA+13:15
117Roy CURVERSNEDGIA+13:15
118Wouter POELSNEDOPQ+13:15
119Borut BOZICSLOAST+13:15
120Marco FRAPPORTIITAAND+13:15
121Arthur VAN OVERBERGHEBELTSV+13:15
122Jérémy ROYFRAFDJ+16:13
123Michael Valgren ANDERSENDENTCS+16:13
DNFJesper HANSENDENTCS
DNFBruno PIRESPORTCS
DNFNicki SÖRENSENDENTCS
DNFJos VAN EMDENNEDBEL
DNFDavid TANNERAUSBEL
DNFMichael SCHÄRSUIBMC
DNFAlberto BETTIOLITACAN
DNFMichel KOCHGERCAN
DNFDaniele RATTOITACAN
DNFArnaud COURTEILLEFRAFDJ
DNFMurilo Antonio FISCHERBRAFDJ
DNFMatthieu LADAGNOUSFRAFDJ
DNFThomas DEKKERNEDGRS
DNFSebastian LANGEVELDNEDGRS
DNFDaniel MARTINIRLGRS
DNFMatteo BONOITALAM
DNFMattia CATTANEOITALAM
DNFNelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRAPORLAM
DNFJurgen VAN DEN BROECKBELLTB
DNFTosh VAN DER SANDEBELLTB
DNFImanol ERVITIESPMOV
DNFJohn GADRETFRAMOV
DNFJesus HERRADA LOPEZESPMOV
DNFJon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTIESPMOV
DNFJosé Ivan GUTIERREZ PALACIOSESPMOV
DNFBenat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGAESPMOV
DNFZdenek STYBARCZEOPQ
DNFJulian ALAPHILIPPEFRAOPQ
DNFMichael ALBASINISUIOGE
DNFMathew HAYMANAUSOGE
DNFChristian MEIERCANOGE
DNFPerrig QUEMENEURFRAEUC
DNFKoen DE KORTNEDGIA
DNFThierry HUPONDFRAGIA
DNFAlbert TIMMERNEDGIA
DNFJoaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVERESPKAT
DNFSergei CHERNETSKIRUSKAT
DNFIan BOSWELLUSASKY
DNFJoshua EDMONDSONGBRSKY
DNFChristian KNEESGERSKY
DNFDanny PATEUSASKY
DNFBen SWIFTGBRSKY
DNFGeraint THOMASGBRSKY
DNFAndy SCHLECKLUXTFR
DNFKristof VANDEWALLEBELTFR
DNFHaimar ZUBELDIA AGIRREESPTFR
DNFManuel BELLETTIITAAND
DNFNicola TESTIITAAND
DNFOmar BERTAZZOITAAND
DNFAndrea ZORDANITAAND
DNFBartlomiej MATYSIAKPOLCCC
DNFLukasz OWSIANPOLCCC
DNFMarek RUTKIEWICZPOLCCC
DNFAdrian HONKISZPOLCCC
DNFAdrian KUREKPOLCCC
DNFSylvain CHAVANELFRAIAM
DNFAleksejs SARAMOTINSLATIAM
DNFEdward THEUNSBELTSV
DNFEliot LIETAERBELTSV
DNFPieter VANSPEYBROUCKBELTSV
DNFWesley KREDERNEDWGG
DNFMichel KREDERNEDWGG
DNFMarco MINNAARDNEDWGG
DNFNico SIJMENSBELWGG
DNFJames VANLANDSCHOOTBELWGG
DNFSonny COLBRELLIITABAR
DNFEnrico BATTAGLINITABAR
DNFNicola BOEMITABAR
DNFEdoardo ZARDINIITABAR