Who is the man of the spring? Do still, but Mathieu van der Poel. After an incredible finale of the Amstel Gold Race in which Julian Alaphilippe victory up for grabs seemed to have, was Mathieu van der Poel in the slotkilometers of the Amstel Gold Race like a devil-from-a-box for his first big classic win for Simon Clarke and Jakob Fuglsang, after one of the most unlikely slotkilometers from the cycling history. Debutant Bjorg Lambrecht was finished on the sixth and first compatriot.
Could Mathieu van der Poel for the first time since 2001 the Netherlands the victory bestow in the Amstel Gold Race. Eighteen years after Erik Dekker, the Netherlands had already done for. A large crowd of cycling enthusiasts came already in the orange to Valkenburg and the surrounding area subsided. But Van der Poel could not gift. The Amstel add to that the wonderful weather conditions and it was clear that Dutch Limburg was ready for a lovely afternoon cycling.
A long afternoon cycling: the riders had a whopping 265 miles, and with a revised finale in which the Cauberg a less prominent role was assigned. Purpose of the procedure? Tension increase and price create. Of course, there was soon a large group of road: eleven encourage along with four compatriots: Thomas Sprengers and Aaron Verwilst (Vlaanderen Baloise), Jérôme Baugnies (Wanty Gobert) and Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Cycling Academy). The team sprokkelde a nice bonus with each other but he also knew, however, that it is mainly for publicity drove and not for the result.
With eighty kilometres to drive, turned the pack a second time, the Cauberg. For Deceuninck – Quick Step and Astana the signal to speed up. Not to drive away, to race as hard as possible to make. Purpose? Mathieu van der Poel as early as possible to isolate and then in the actual final the numerical majority. With a paternoster the slopes there were already sufficient opportunities to make the contest competitive.
Van der Poel opens final
But for real attacks, it was still much too early. The leaders were still quiet, the good weather ensured that a large platoon, the last wedstrijduur began. On the Gulperberg was one rider’s legs are not restrain: Mathieu van der Poel. The current winner was Gorka Izagirre but the Spanish champion refused to cooperate with the young Dutchman.
The Eyserbosweg, but: always dangerous, especially the end where the wind is always free game. The front continued to have a trio about: cyclocross rider Marcel Meisen, Tom Van Asbroeck and the Slovenian Grega Bole. A foursome came in first connect: Dries Devenyns and Julian Alaphilippe for Deceuninck – Quick Step, European champion Matteo Trentin and Astana-pawn Jakob Fuglsang. For Alaphilippe was not fast enough, Fuglsang closed to and from the platoon were also Kwiatkowski and Woods the leap forward. In the peloton, or what there was left was Peter Sagan as one of the first of the favorites thrown overboard. In the back of the peloton was mostly together look allowing the leading duo’s lead was deepening to three quarters of a minute.
Following potenbreker: the Keutenberg, and by far the steepest slope from the Amstel Gold Race. Fuglsang and Alaphilippe kept the pace, the pursuers had Woods in the peloton led to Matthews with Van Avermaet and Vanendert in the wheel. The two at the front took each other perfectly while in the peloton there is to much to each other was examined. There would be a formidable number in the making?
Last time Cauberg
The match certainly wasn’t driven. Kwiatkowski and Trentin approached the two leaders, in the pack certain EF Education the pace. The final ascent of the Cauberg, at eighteen kilometers from the finish, was for Jelle Vanendert, the place to cartridge to fading. But it was becoming more and more clear that the winner is not from the pack would come. The duo Kwiatkowski – Trentin were the two leaders to see drive, but each time the amalgamation was a fact, accelerated Fuglsang, so that the two outside shot remained.
The two most successful teams of the season – Deceuninck – Quick Step and Astana – were themselves part of for whom the victory would be his. Fuglsang remained onbegrijpelijkerwijs hard drive with the fast Alaphilippe. The Dane still tried to be his French opponent to shake off, but Alaphilippe was not.
And then it happened unlikely. Fuglsang started to linkeballen, Kwiatkowski closed under the red rag, but from the background nadernde a group with Mathieu van der Poel. The Dutchman was driving on his own, the hole and ran then over Alaphilippe and co. Honest: you must have seen to believe it.