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Elite Men: Maastricht - Valkenburg 251.8km

Gilbert wins 2014 Amstel Gold Race

By:
Kirsten Frattini
Published:
April 20, 14:12,
Updated:
April 20, 19:39

Third time for Gilbert, Vanendert, Gerrans on podium

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) celebrates Amstel Gold Race win number three

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) celebrates Amstel Gold Race win number three

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Philippe Gilbert (BMC) won the Amstel Gold Race for a third time in his career on Sunday after making a signature winning move during the last ascent of the Cauberg. The former world champion and Ardennes Classics triple crown winner crossed the finish line with a victory salute ahead of chasers Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) in second and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) in third.

"This was a particularly emotional win for me," Gilbert said. "My wife and my kids were here for the first time in two years. So to have won will be something they will never forget. I have been dreaming of this."

The Belgian made his timely attack near the base of the Cauberg during the fourth and last of the smaller finishing circuits. A series of riders, including Vanendert and Gerrans, jumped out of the dwindled main field in response to the attack but were unable to close the gap before the finish line in Valkenburg.

Gilbert’s move came after the field caught breakaway riders Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen), Christophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). His teammate Samuel Sanchez set him up perfectly with an attack at the base of the Cauberg that forced Orica-GreenEdge to chase. The move drew out Gerrans and Valverde, but Gilbert launched on the left side of the road with devastating force and soloed the final 3km to victory.

"My teammates really did a great job before the final ascension of the Cauberg," Gilbert said. "They all did a very good job to place me in the best position. During the briefing, it was planned for Samuel to do an attack at the foot of the Cauberg. It was not a surprise for me, but I think it was one for my adversaries. I only had to wait for the best moment to attack. And I did that when it was most difficult and hurting for everyone."

How it unfolded

The 250km classic started in Maastricht and ended with four smaller circuits on the Cauberg, with the finish line about 1.8km past the top of the climb. The race is notorious for its twisty and narrow roads, short and steep climbs, and a strong collection of fans. There were some 34 climbs on a parcours and not many flat sections, making this race a of attrition. It is the first of three Ardennes Classics, followed by La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Under pleasantly dry and sunny conditions, Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) took the start line as the defending champion alongside a series of other previous winners including former Ardennes Classics triple crown champions Gilbert and Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat).

Pim Ligthart (Lotto Belisol) kicked of the day’s breakaway right off the start line and was joined by seven other riders to establish a four-minute lead during the first kilometres of the race. The eight-man move also included Van Hecke, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Matej Mohoric (Cannondale), Manuel Belletti (Androni Venezuela), Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), James Van Landschoot (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Nicola Boem (Bardiani CSF).

Riblon and Rory Sutherland (Tinkoff-Saxo) bridged across to the move and they gained nearly 14 minutes ahead of a seemingly content main peloton over the day’s fourth climb, the Bergeseweg.

With a tough 200km still ahead, the breakaway worked in unison to reach the first ascent over the Cauberg, where they picked up another minute in their quest to stay ahead of the field.

BMC led much of the initial chase from the peloton, keeping the breakaway in check for Gilbert, who proved to be in top form after winning De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne last Wednesday. “[Winning De Brabantse Pijl] was important because I am a winner and I’m always racing to win,” Gilbert said. “It was important for me to gain the trust of my team. It is also a very beautiful race and it was important on the calendar so I wanted to win it, but yes, it was also important for today.”


Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Katusha eventually sent some of their riders to aide in BMC’s efforts to bring the gap down to a more manageable distance as the race approached the half-way point. Movistar also joined in the chase and the gap came down to eight minutes over the Vrakelberg and toward the Eyserbosweg.

For the second consecutive year, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was sidelined after an unfortunate accident with 150 km to go. The crash also involved Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing), who later abandoned the race as well.

The gap continued to fall when Omega Pharma-QuickStep joined the chase over the Cauberg for the second time with roughly 80km to go. Some of the breakaway riders struggled to stay on pace after such a long effort.

With 35km to go, Boem, Van Hecke and Riblon continued on ahead in hopes of holding a small gap into the final circuits. Boem, who previously tried to make a move on his own, ended up losing contact with his two companions.

A few kilometres back, over the top of the Kruisberg, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) made an attack to try and bridge across to the pair of leaders. He was joined by Fuglsang, Van Avermaet, Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol), but the main field followed just 20 seconds back.

Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha) attacked from the bunch in a bid to bridge to Voeckler’s group. Paul Martens (Belkin) and Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) also made it across.

Van Hecke and Riblon muscled over the Cauberg for the second to last time with just under two minutes ahead of Voeckler’s group and another 20 seconds ahead of the main field. But a series of attacks were beginning to start from the main bunch including a strong but short-lived move from Garmin-Sharp’s Nathan Haas.

Up the road, Weening tried to take a flyer out of Voeckler’s chase group but Fuglsang countered and eventually Van Avermaet, Leukemans, Kolobnev and Martens caught back up to the pair on the descent.

The leading duo, Van Hecke and Riblon, tried desperately to hang on to a small lead with less than 15km to go but the gap had dropped to just 30 seconds. Van Avermaet and Fuglsang were the last to remain from the chase group while the rest were reabsorbed back into the peloton.

Van Hecke, Riblon, Fuglsang and Van Avermaet united as the race headed over the Bemelerberg, however, Garmin-Sharp and Omega Pharma-QuickStep led the main field just 10 seconds behind. Ultimately, the field came back together with seven kilometres to the finish line.

Orica-GreenEdge buried themselves at the front of the field to put their favourites Gerrans and Michael Matthews in top position heading into the final climb over the Cauberg.

Gilbert launched an attack at the base of the ascent with three kilometres to go and opened an instant gap. Gerrans, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) tried to respond but it was too late, and with only a few hundred metres to go, Gilbert was on his way to winning his third Amstel Gold Race.

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Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 6:25:57  
2 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:05  
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:06  
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team    
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
6 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:10  
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
8 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
9 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha    
10 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 0:00:12  
11 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
12 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
13 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
14 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp    
15 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr    
16 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
17 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida    
18 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo    
19 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:21  
20 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
21 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
22 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
23 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr    
24 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:23  
25 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:36  
26 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
27 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
28 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team    
30 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing    
31 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale    
32 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
33 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
34 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
35 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp    
36 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
37 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
38 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
39 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky    
40 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
41 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:01  
42 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
43 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
44 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
45 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
46 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
47 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
48 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
49 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale    
50 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
51 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
52 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
53 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:01:32  
54 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
55 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr    
56 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
57 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida    
58 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
59 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
60 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02:03  
61 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team    
62 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:02:16  
63 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 0:02:54  
64 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha    
65 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale    
66 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team    
67 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:03:07  
68 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:03:23  
69 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:03:32  
70 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:05:36  
71 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp    
72 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:06:26  
73 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
74 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling    
75 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
76 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge    
77 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:08:45  
78 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:10:00  
79 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky    
80 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing    
81 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
82 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
83 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
84 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
85 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
86 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
87 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli    
88 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
89 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
90 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
91 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    
92 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
93 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale    
94 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
95 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
96 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr    
97 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
98 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol    
99 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling    
100 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
101 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
102 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
103 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
104 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo    
105 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano    
106 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale    
107 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
108 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar    
109 Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling    
110 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:13:15  
111 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
112 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale    
113 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
114 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
115 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo    
116 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano    
117 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
118 WoutPoels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
119 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
120 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
121 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
122 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:16:13  
123 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale    
DNF Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale    
DNF Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale    
DNF Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
DNF Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
DNF Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp    
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team    
DNF Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
DNF Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha    
DNF Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha    
DNF Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky    
DNF Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky    
DNF Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky    
DNF Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky    
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
DNF Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky    
DNF Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
DNF Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing    
DNF Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing    
DNF Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Nicola Testi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
DNF Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling    
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling    
DNF Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
DNF Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
DNF Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
DNF Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
DNF Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
DNF Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
DNF James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
DNF Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
DNF Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
DNF Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    

 

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qwerty12 4 days ago
the king of ardennes is back!
boombastic 4 days ago
i'm not his biggest fan, but it does not means that i question his greatness.
FabiquesAnquetillara 4 days ago
It is not Cauberg, it is Philippberg.
nepetalactone 4 days ago
Gilberg sounds better...
Akuryo 4 days ago
What an acceleration. Valverde, Kwiatkowski and Gerrans simply couldnt follow!
qwerty12 4 days ago
partly thanks to samuel sanchez...
innerlightrider 4 days ago
And a HUGE thanks to GVA. Really nice riding by BMC today. Dare I say, OPQS-like.
Pedal Pusher 4 days ago
Schar was pretty awesome too - a real team effort. The Sammy Sanchez planned attack was pretty cool
TShame 3 days ago
I wouldn't fault the others. PG opened a good gap (and without a moto lead-out like last week) It just naturally became a race for second place among the rest of the contenders.
Ripper 3 days ago
Yes ... great ride by GVA and SS. A perfect set up for PH. I'm also happy to see AV miss the podium. It looked like he was unwilling or unable to help chase PG today.
Cance > TheRest 3 days ago
Gilbert had to follow Sanchez as well, so l don't think that's a partial reason that the others couldn't follow. To be honest, Gilbert could've won the race if he'd attacked from the bottom of the climb. He was that strong.
blemcooper 3 days ago
From the coverage I saw, Gilbert wasn't always in the camera frame when Sanchez attacked and the others had to reel him in. It seemed to me like a standard move to test the others and force some of them into the red early enough for Gilbert to keep his cool and attack later but harder. We can't really know if Gilbert had attacked earlier that he might have solo'd to victory even more dominantly, or fizzled out himself or had to do a more conservative attack and had the others able to follow and end up with a trickier bunch sprint. Gilbert and the team's likely happy to have played the Sanchez card rather than expecting a 2011 vintage Superhomme Gilbert to just kill everybody on his own.
Pedal Pusher 3 days ago
When interviewed Gilbert said that Sammy Sanchez attack was planned.
Dan Vella 3 days ago
It forced the others to go harder, sooner. Sanchez probably could have won with roles reversed. He may get the nod on Wednesday, great use of cards by BMC. OPQS take note.
FabiquesAnquetillara 4 days ago
I think BMC did outstanding job. with both van Avermant and Sanchez. Unlike OPQS that (I think) got Kwiatkowski to the 1st too soon.
meals-on-wheels 3 days ago
Absolutely - their tactics were spot on and executed brilliantly. Van Avermaet was there in the Voeckler group acting as first spoiler and then later on to inject more pace at the head of the race inside the last 10K forcing the pace of the peloton to ensure against attacks off the front before the Cauberg. Then Sanchez drew out Kwiatkowski, Gerrans and Valverde at the base of the Cauberg making way for Gilbert's blistering attack on the opposite side with none of them on his wheels (not that anyone would have stayed with him). Superb Gilbert. Great team win for BMC.
Pedal Pusher 4 days ago
BMC had the strongest team to support of Gilbert...that and the fact that Gilbert has won several times on this route. Good to see Gerrans on the podium.
mickeypius 4 days ago
Brilliant win by Philippe... Also, it's good to see Yukiya Arashiro in the top 10.
sbroaddus 3 days ago
yes, Arashiro is quietly ascending to the elite ranks of the pro peloton and it is cool to see.
Charles Gormley 3 days ago
Agreed. Arashiro is a lot of fun to watch and flies the Japanese flag with pride. I would really like to see him get a big win for his efforts.
DjangoFurioso 3 days ago
He's had a very good season so far. It's great to see.
Anonymous 4 days ago
A bit of a load off BMC's back, the all star cast finally gets a big win. A great team effort, Van Avermaet to Sammy Sanchez to the Ardennes king Gilbert, what a great win.
mutschi 4 days ago
Great race but why on earth are there no full results almost 45 min after the race has finished? Every other sports can manage to get real time results as riders come through the finish line. I live in NZ and its 3.35 am in the morning and I want to go to bed but I also want to know how my favorite riders did at the end. Cycling coverage really has to wake up and catch up with the rest of the world.
burgundius 4 days ago
Results are already on display on the Amstel Gold Race official website
LemonFriend 4 days ago
You might try some other sites, which already have full results posted. It isn't Cycling coverage that is lacking, it is only particular sites that are lacking.
shiresmitty 3 days ago
unfortunately this site is one of those that are slow about their coverage. their live coverage of races is pathetic. you'd think it's a one man show. I do appreciate what they do though, or I wouldn't be "here"
cothercott 3 days ago
Results are available at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/results-2014-amstel-gold-race_324847 - I agree - too slow on this site
mutschi 3 days ago
I googled and checked 4 or 5 web-pages for full results without success. I don't want to blame CN or other web-pages as they can only get it from the organizer. Even Eurosport ended the coverage about 20 min after Gilbert win with only posting the first 10. I think that is a joke. Whoever is in charge of results on these races have to get their act together and the broadcasters have to put the pressure on. I got also tired of watching the same replay of Gilberts attack over and over again and almost no other replays from the rest of the finale e.g. no replay when Jelle passed the other three. I love cycling but tv coverage is very average. And I pay for it so I want it to improve.
orbeas 3 days ago
Bad day for Team Sky - 6 non finishers and Eddy Boss 39th !!!
meals-on-wheels 3 days ago
Well, as Uran's gone to OPQS they were always going to be dependant on Henao for the Hilly Classics.
wrinklyvet 3 days ago
On their website Portal says ""It was a tough day and a big shame in terms of the result but they'll all live to fight another day. G crashed and then Swifty suffered a flat tyre which meant the others had to drop back twice and try and pace them back on. "Although they managed it both times, those efforts meant they couldn't hang on when the speed went up over the climbs in the last few hours."
Tony M 3 days ago
From a promising start to the year Sky appear to be unwinding, with Henao lost in Colombia, Stannard injured, Thomas and Porte ill, nothing from youngsters Dombrowski ,Boswell and Edmondson, no form from Kiryienka, EBH or Suitsu. Some good rides by Swifty and Froome's and Stannards wins does seem to be lot from a major team. Looks like it will all come down to Tour de France as make or break for the year.
wrinklyvet 3 days ago
Thomas rode. He crashed, got back on his bike, but retired. Why do you say he is ill? Is it so?
Tony M 3 days ago
I don't believe G has been 100 percent in recent races;Very game but less than "immpecable"
sbroaddus 3 days ago
certainly on the positive side of the ledger for Sky so far this year is Sir Bradley with his wonderful blue collar run at Paris Roubaix where not only spoke admiringly of riding the front with Cancellara, Boonen, etc. but he also showed great humility and class in how he spoke of what lies ahead - working to make the Tour team. that beard is doing wonders for his demeanor, it seems to be transforming him from a bristly curmudgeon into one of the most interesting men in the world!
Tony M 3 days ago
Not sure if you're serious or not -but I like it !
Frubberduck 3 days ago
Dombrowski has had a niggling knee injury and Edmonson had a mechanical today.
Pedal Pusher 3 days ago
@Tony M - I'm sure all the sky fans will live to see another day - Wiggins is on the start list for Giro Trentino - doesn't mean he will start but might! No ITT, but a TTT and 3 days of summit finishes with some tricky descents - not sure these parcours suit Wiggins without the Sky A team to support him.
Tigliojux 3 days ago
MPCC's MEMBERS : GENERAL FINAL : AMSTEL GOLD RACE 1 (2) VANENDERT Jelle BEL Lotto Belisol Team 2 (3) GERRANS Simon AUS Orica GreenEDGE Cycling Team + 01'' 3 (6) GESCHKE Simon ALL Giant-Shimano + 05'' 4 (7) MOLLEMA Bauke NED Belkin Pro Cycling Team s.t. 5 (8) GASPAROTTO Enrico ITA Astana Pro Team s.t. 6 (9) MORENO Daniel ESP Katusha Team s.t. 7(10) ARASHIRO Yukiya JAP Team Europcar + 07'' 8(11) LEUKEMANS Bjorn BEL Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t. 9(12) MATTHEWS Michael AUS Orica GreenEDGE Cycling Team s.t. 10(14) WEGMANN Fabian GER Team Garmin Sharp Barracuda s.t.
rastymick 3 days ago
Riders with the letter i in their firstname : GENERAL FINAL : AMSTEL GOLD RACE 1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 6:25:57 2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:06 3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 4 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:10 5 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 7 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 0:00:12 ...
FabiquesAnquetillara 3 days ago
Brilliant! Bravo :-)
wrinklyvet 3 days ago
More than brilliant. Inspired! I hope he keeps it up!
TheBean 3 days ago
Does it count if a rider has an I in their given name but not their nickname? Or, if there is an I in their nickname but not their given name? Does a rider get bonus places if their name begins or ends in an i? This is a lot for a guy like me to think about!
wrinklyvet 3 days ago
I think he could devise a second table and post both! ;-)
Farcanal 3 days ago
About time we had a meaningful classification!
Tovarishch 3 days ago
Yukiya Arashiro is spelt 新城幸也. Where is the i?
Farcanal 3 days ago
Strange how this group hardly ever has a winner. Obviously the time and effort taken to hide their drugs is too distracting from the job in hand
DrBigRing 3 days ago
If Jill Bear is winning, it must mean his contract is up this year.
Uncle_Tod 3 days ago
What an attack by Sanchez though, it made everyone think it was the main attack and so they followed 100% and then when Gilbert went no one could follow with the panache they had when the feint attack went. Brilliant race to watch.