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April 21/19 15:43 pm - Mathieu van der Poel Stuns with Amstel Gold Win

Posted by Editoress on 04/21/19

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon - Circus) came from nowhere to sprint to a stunning win at the Amstel Gold Race.

It had looked for most of the final hour of racing as though it would be a straight shootout between Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quickstep) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), but van der Poel put in an unbelievable effort to close the gap with about 1km to go, leading to a chaotic bunch sprint. What made his victory all the more impressive was that van der Poel not only won the sprint, he also led it out, and closed the gap to the leading pair.

In a performance that ranks among the most impressive of the last decade in cycling, the Dutchman did what seemed to be impossible, dashing the hopes of Alaphilippe and Fuglsang who, with five kilometres to go, had seemed certain of victory with a substantial gap to the bunch.

Questions will be asked about the tactics of Deceuninck and Astana to let van der Poel back into the race, but then he has demonstrated an ability to turn adversity into wins recently. His effort began as far out as 5 km from the finish,  pulling six riders who had up to that point been out of contention, right back into the race.

Simon Clarke (EF Education First) was the biggest beneficiary on the van der Poel train, sitting on his wheel all the way to the line for a second place that will rank among his most impressive career results. Fuglsang was visibly furious to come in third, while Alaphilippe and Max Schachmann (BORA-hansgrohe) closed out the top five.

Van der Poel looked strong with about 40 km to go, when he attacked solo, trying to force a selection. As it transpired, this was just a demonstration of the explosive power he was to unleash later.

That early sortie led to the defining move of the race, when Alaphilippe and Fuglsang went clear together a few moments later. The duo worked beautifully together until around three kilometres to go, when Fuglsang, expecting to be the slower in the sprint, started to skip turns - refusing to bring Alaphilippe to the line. It was this hesitation that opened a tiny chink of light, into which the charging van der Poel was able to storm.

Michael Woods (EF Education First) along with Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton - Scott) formed a chase group going after Alaphilippe and Fuglsang, but Woods was dropped on the Keutenberg with about 28 km to go and would soon drop out.


Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt, 265.7 km
1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon - Circus 6:28:18
2 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) BORA - hansgrohe
6 Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team
8 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama - FDJ
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton - Scott all s.t.
11 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:02
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek - Segafredo s.t.
13 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:46
14 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team s.t.
15 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton - Scott 0:54
16 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
17 Jay McCarthy (Aus) BORA - hansgrohe
18 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Dimension Data
19 Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton - Scott
20 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
21 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo - Visma
22 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
23 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek - Segafredo
24 Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy
25 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Katusha Alpecin
26 Patrick Konrad (Aut) BORA - hansgrohe
27 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
28 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
29 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates
30 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick Step
31 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky
32 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama - FDJ all s.t.
33 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:02
34 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy 4:19
35 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Corendon - Circus
36 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Katusha Alpecin
37 Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain Merida
38 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
39 Clément Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40 Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
41 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Team Dimension Data
42 Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Charles
43 Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
44 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Charles
45 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain Merida
46 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
47 Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo - Visma
48 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Charles
49 Patrick Müller (Sui) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
50 Mikaël Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
51 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Corendon - Circus
52 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Team Dimension Data
53 Marc Hirschi (Sui) Team Sunweb
54 Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team
55 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
56 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BORA - hansgrohe
57 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo - Visma
58 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
59 Michael Albasini (Sui) Mitchelton - Scott
60 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
61 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First
62 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Astana Pro Team
63 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Merida
64 Luis León Sanchez (Esp) Astana Pro Team
65 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team
66 Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
67 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
68 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Merida all s.t.
69 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First 7:53
70 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Merida
71 Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First
72 Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First
73 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy
74 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
75 Floris De Tier (Bel) Team Jumbo - Visma
76 Mathias De Witte (Bel) Roompot - Charles
77 Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
78 Carlos Barbero (Esp) Movistar Team
79 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek - Segafredo
80 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
81 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
82 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) BORA - hansgrohe
83 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data
84 Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Corendon - Circus
85 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo - Visma
86 Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Charles all s.t.
87 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Mitchelton - Scott 7:56
88 Michael Schär (Sui) CCC Team 9:12
89 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek - Segafredo s.t.
90 Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck - Quick Step 10:59
91 Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama - FDJ 11:17
92 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
93 Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
94 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
95 Julien Vermote (Bel) Team Dimension Data
96 August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
97 Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Charles
98 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon - Circus
99 Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
100 Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Sky
101 Jerome Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
102 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo - Visma all s.t.
103 Rick Zabel (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin 13:09
104 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek - Segafredo 13:39
105 Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott 15:41
106 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
107 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Esp) Movistar Team
108 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb
109 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF all s.t.
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension Data
DNF Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Dimension Data
DNF Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott
DNF Ivan Garcia Cortina (Esp) Bahrain Merida
DNF Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Merida
DNF Omar Fraile Matarranz (Esp) Astana Pro Team
DNF Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
DNF Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA - hansgrohe
DNF Daniel Oss (Ita) BORA - hansgrohe
DNF Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team
DNF Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team
DNF Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team
DNF Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick Step
DNF Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick Step
DNF Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck - Quick Step
DNF Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First
DNF Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First
DNF Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama - FDJ
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama - FDJ
DNF Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama - FDJ
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama - FDJ
DNF Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Tosh van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Sander Armée (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
DNF Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Jaime Castrillo Zapater (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo - Visma
DNF Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin
DNF Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Team Katusha Alpecin
DNF Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Team Katusha Alpecin
DNF Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin
DNF David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Esp) Team Sky
DNF Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
DNF Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
DNF Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
DNF Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNF Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon - Circus
DNF Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Corendon - Circus
DNF Lars Boom (Ned) Roompot - Charles
DNF Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
DNF Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
DNF Kévin Réza (Fra) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
DNF Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
DNF Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept - B&B Hotels
DNF Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
DNF Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
DNF Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team


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