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April 28/01 11:26 am - Amstel Gold Race


Posted by Editor on 04/28/01
 

Amstel Gold World Cup #5 - Netherlands

Erik Dekker (Rabobank) has won the fifth round of the World Cup, the 254.5 kilometre Amstel Gold Race, in a two-up sprint over Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal). Armstrong attacked with approximately 40 kilometres to go, shortly after a long break away containing team mate George Hincapie and Andrei Tchmil (Lotto) was caught. The earlier breakaway went 25 kilometres into the race and initially contained 20 riders. It reached a maximum gap of over 8 minutes before the peloton started to slowly reel it back in. By the time the break was caught with just under 50 kilometres remaining in the race, there were only 5 left at the front, and the chase group was down to 30, including Armstrong, Dekker, Michael Boogerd (Rabobank), Johan Museeuw (Domo), Michel Bartoli (Mapei), Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) and Peter van Petegem (Mercury-Viatel).

Armstrong's attack was so strong that only Eddy Mazzonleni (Tacconi-Vini Caldirola) could go with him. Mazzonleni was dropped shortly afterwards as Dekker bridged up. With Armstrong doing most of the work, particularly on the climbs, the gap increased steadily to a minute and then a minute and a half. Behind, the chase was fragmented, with Bartoli, Museeuw and van Petegem leading.

Armstrong tried to drop Dekker on the last major climb (the Cauberg), but could not shake the Rabobank rider. The pair worked together well over the last 10 kilometres, holding the gap steady at 1 minute. Either way at the finish, Dekker would take over the World Cup leader's jersey, but there was intense pressure for a Dutch win in a Dutch race by a Dutch team...

The duo began to play cat and mouse in the final kilometre, and Serge Baguet (Lotto) was bearing down on them, alone in third after attacking the chase group. Finally, both Armstrong and Dekker went, with the Dutch rider easily taking the win. Baguet hung on for third, followed by Marcus Zberg (Rabobank), Museeuw and van Petegem.


Women's Amstel Gold Race results

PositionNameCountryDeficit
1MANSVELD DebbyNED2.44:30
2MELCHERS MirjamNED
3ZIJLAARD - VAN MOORSEL LeontienNED
4SCHMIDT-HENNES TanjaGER
5SCHMIDT SanneDEN
6VINK ElisabethNED
7BELTMAN ChantalNEDall s.t.
8VAN DAMME EvyBELat 0:02
9PIETERS CindyBEL
10DORLAND CorineNED
11SIMPER LisbethDEN
12VAN KUIK SonjaNEDall s.t.
13VONCKX VanjaBEL0:03
14HORMES-RAVENSTIJN RezaNED
15ROMBOUTS SandraNED
16VAN SCHEPPINGEN MariÃŽlleNED
17LINDBERG MadeleineSWE
18GRIMBERG ArendaNED
19HASSINK ArekeNED
20URBONAITE ZitaLTU
21HILLENGA AngelaNED
22BELTMAN GhitaNED
23HOHLFELD VeraGER
24DE GOEDE SuzanneNEDall s.t.
25ZILIUTE DianaLTU0:23
26KRAMP WendyNED1:15
27VAN ALEBEEK SissyNED
28KOEDOODER VeraNED
29DE BOER-GRIMBERGEN PetraNED
30VAN MELIS MirellaNED
31DOEDEE BaukjeNED
32MISSBACH SandraGER
33ROBB Kirsty NicoleNZL
34VAN DER ZEE AnouskaNED
35VAN DONGEN MinkeNEDall s.t.
36VAN HEEREN IrmaNED1:19
37DE VOOGD HeidiNED4:14
38HANNEMAN AndreaGER
39MOONEN DanielleNED
40MIGGELS KristyNED
41GROENVELD JosephineNED
42FRANCISSEN AbkeNED
43VAN LOON AnnemiekNEDall s.t.
44MULDERS CatharinaNED4:18
45LINTHORST FrancisNED
46GRUTERS SabineNED
47MOERENHOUT-KLEP EdithNEDall s.t.
48MOHLMANN PleuniNED4:21
49SLIKKER CarolienNED7:25
50VAN DER WIEL FrederikaNED8:20
51BRAS MartineNED9:35

 


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