Amstel Gold Race: iconic images

The Amstel Gold Race marks the start of the Ardennes Classics this weekend, the trilogy of hilly races that includes Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday and then ends with Liege-Bastogne-Liege next Sunday.

The Dutch race is the youngest spring Classic on the calendar, having first been run in 1966, but it has thrown up some memorable spring racing.

This year the battle centres around last year’s winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega-Pharma Lotto) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and the triumvirate of the Schleck brothers and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek). Although there are a host of other star names and outsiders set to line up at the start in Maastricht.

In this iconic set of images we take a look back at highlights from the last 15 years of the race, the winners, the losers and the best action.

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