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Retro Gallery: Amstel Curaçao Race

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Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (left) and Tour runner-up Andy Schleck enjoy the company of dolphins while in Curaçao for the Amstel Curaçao Race.

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (left) and Tour runner-up Andy Schleck enjoy the company of dolphins while in Curaçao for the Amstel Curaçao Race.
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Ellen Van Dijk shares a joke with Marcel Kittel in Curacao.

Ellen Van Dijk shares a joke with Marcel Kittel in Curacao.
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Alberto Contador turns his hand to volleyball

Alberto Contador turns his hand to volleyball
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Alberto Contador and Toom Boonen watch on as a dolphin jumps into the air

Alberto Contador and Toom Boonen watch on as a dolphin jumps into the air
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Alberto Contador clowning around with a dolphine

Alberto Contador clowning around with a dolphine
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Alberto Contador clings on to his dolphins

Alberto Contador clings on to his dolphins
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The brothers Schleck, Andy and Fränk

The brothers Schleck, Andy and Fränk
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Alberto Contador reclines on the back

Alberto Contador reclines on the back
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Andy Schleck at the 2007 edition

Andy Schleck at the 2007 edition
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Tom Boonen enjoys a drink in 2007

Tom Boonen enjoys a drink in 2007
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Andy Schlek adjusts his goggles while Tom Boonen looks ready to dive

Andy Schlek adjusts his goggles while Tom Boonen looks ready to dive
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Robert Gesink enjoying some down time with the paper

Robert Gesink enjoying some down time with the paper
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Journalist Raymond Kerckhofs checks is Robert Gesink is ready his articles

Journalist Raymond Kerckhofs checks is Robert Gesink is ready his articles
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Andy Schleck decides to pour water on his head to cool down

Andy Schleck decides to pour water on his head to cool down
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Gerard Ciolek enjoying his presence at the 2007 race

Gerard Ciolek enjoying his presence at the 2007 race
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Riders enjoy a beer in 2007

Riders enjoy a beer in 2007
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Thumbs up from Alberto Contador

Thumbs up from Alberto Contador
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Alberto Contador and Tom Boonen teaching dolphin the peace sign

Alberto Contador and Tom Boonen teaching dolphin the peace sign
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Alberto Contador and Tom Boonen enjoying the water after the 2007 edition of the race

Alberto Contador and Tom Boonen enjoying the water after the 2007 edition of the race
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Andy Schleck under water

Andy Schleck under water
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Tom Boonen gets curious during a scuba dive

Tom Boonen gets curious during a scuba dive
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Andy and Fränk Schleck in their scuba gear

Andy and Fränk Schleck in their scuba gear
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Andy and Fränk Schleck and Tom Boonen under the water

Andy and Fränk Schleck and Tom Boonen under the water
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Gerald Ciolek with a dolphin

Gerald Ciolek with a dolphin
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Robert Gesink about to be kissed by a dolphin

Robert Gesink about to be kissed by a dolphin
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Gerald Ciolek enjoys the dolphin show

Gerald Ciolek enjoys the dolphin show
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Robert Gesink holds onto his dolphins

Robert Gesink holds onto his dolphins
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Fränk Schleck during a volleyball game

Fränk Schleck during a volleyball game
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Linus Gerdemann, Tom Boonen, Alberto Contador, Thomas Dekker and Andy Schleck all show off their pasty arms

Linus Gerdemann, Tom Boonen, Alberto Contador, Thomas Dekker and Andy Schleck all show off their pasty arms
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Thomas Dekker and Tom Boonen interview each other on Sporza

Thomas Dekker and Tom Boonen interview each other on Sporza
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A dolphin plants a kiss on Alberto Contador

A dolphin plants a kiss on Alberto Contador
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Tom Boonen lets a dolphin give him a kiss

Tom Boonen lets a dolphin give him a kiss
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Alberto Contador and Tom Boonen in2007

Alberto Contador and Tom Boonen in2007
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Andy Schleck practises his camera skills

Andy Schleck practises his camera skills
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Robert Gesink with girlfriend Daisy getting ready for a scuba dive

Robert Gesink with girlfriend Daisy getting ready for a scuba dive
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Alberto Contador lets the podium hostess have his champagne

Alberto Contador lets the podium hostess have his champagne
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Andy and Fränk Schleck enjoy a beer after the 2009 race

Andy and Fränk Schleck enjoy a beer after the 2009 race
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Alberto Contador focused on the startline in 2009

Alberto Contador focused on the startline in 2009
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Former pro Dirk De Wolf enjoying the race

Former pro Dirk De Wolf enjoying the race
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Tony Martin on the podium in 2010

Tony Martin on the podium in 2010
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Niki Terpstra, Fränk Schleck and Alessandro Petacchi made up the 2010 podium

Niki Terpstra, Fränk Schleck and Alessandro Petacchi made up the 2010 podium
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Niki Terpstra at the 2010 race with his family

Niki Terpstra at the 2010 race with his family
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Andy Schleck and Tony Martin in 2010

Andy Schleck and Tony Martin in 2010
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Race organiser Leo Van Vliet in 2011

Race organiser Leo Van Vliet in 2011
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The 2011 podium of Fränk Schleck, Marcel Kittel and Johnny Hoogerland enjoy a beer

The 2011 podium of Fränk Schleck, Marcel Kittel and Johnny Hoogerland enjoy a beer
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Andy Schleck at the 2011 race

Andy Schleck at the 2011 race
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Fränk Schleck in 2011

Fränk Schleck in 2011
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Race organiser Leo Van Vliet with Marcel Kittel in 2011

Race organiser Leo Van Vliet with Marcel Kittel in 2011
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Pedro Delgado at the 2013 race

Pedro Delgado at the 2013 race
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Jurgen Van den Brouck with Stijn Devolder in 2009

Jurgen Van den Brouck with Stijn Devolder in 2009
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Andy Schleck won the 2008 edition of the race

Andy Schleck won the 2008 edition of the race
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Linus Gerdermann puts his feet up

Linus Gerdermann puts his feet up
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Gerard Ciolek soaks up the sun in 2007

Gerard Ciolek soaks up the sun in 2007
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Andy and Fränk Schleck relax by a boat

Andy and Fränk Schleck relax by a boat
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It wasn't all fun for the riders as this sit down interview suggests in 2007

It wasn't all fun for the riders as this sit down interview suggests in 2007
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Alberto Contador won the 2007 edition of the race

Alberto Contador won the 2007 edition of the race
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The Schleck brothers, Contador and Boonen have a laugh in 2007

The Schleck brothers, Contador and Boonen have a laugh in 2007
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Tom Boonen relaxing by the pool in his green jersey bibs

Tom Boonen relaxing by the pool in his green jersey bibs
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Alberto Contador goes for a swim in the yellow jersey

Alberto Contador goes for a swim in the yellow jersey
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Tom Boonen decides on a more flamboyant style of headware

Tom Boonen decides on a more flamboyant style of headware
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The startline of the 2007 edition of the race

The startline of the 2007 edition of the race
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Alberto Contador goes for a swim in hie 2007 yellow jersey

Alberto Contador goes for a swim in hie 2007 yellow jersey
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Tom Booen doing his own mechanical work

Tom Booen doing his own mechanical work
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An Easy Rider Curacao member watches the 2007 edition of the race

An Easy Rider Curacao member watches the 2007 edition of the race
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Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck enjoying a post-race party

Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck enjoying a post-race party
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Two former Tour de France winners in Bernard Hinault and Joop Zoetemelt at the 2013 edition of the race

Two former Tour de France winners in Bernard Hinault and Joop Zoetemelt at the 2013 edition of the race
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Tom Boonen and Thomas Dekker clowning around

Tom Boonen and Thomas Dekker clowning around
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Tom Boonen and Alberto Contador compare tanlines

Tom Boonen and Alberto Contador compare tanlines
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Eric Dekker looking a little concerned by the dolphin nibbling at his ear

Eric Dekker looking a little concerned by the dolphin nibbling at his ear
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Thomas Dekker gets ready to scuba dive in 2006

Thomas Dekker gets ready to scuba dive in 2006
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Alejandro Valverde and George Hincapie at the 2006 edition of the race

Alejandro Valverde and George Hincapie at the 2006 edition of the race
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American champion George Hincapie and 2006 UCI ProTour winner Alejandro Valverde

American champion George Hincapie and 2006 UCI ProTour winner Alejandro Valverde
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Alejandro Valverde won the 2006 edition of the race

Alejandro Valverde won the 2006 edition of the race
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2005 world champion Tom Boonen in the rainbow jersey

2005 world champion Tom Boonen in the rainbow jersey
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Paolo Savoldelli in the 2005 Giro d'Italia's maglia rosa

Paolo Savoldelli in the 2005 Giro d'Italia's maglia rosa
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Tom Boonen enjoying the pool

Tom Boonen enjoying the pool
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Tom Boonen wins the 2005 Amstel Curaçao Race

Tom Boonen wins the 2005 Amstel Curaçao Race
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Johan Vansummeren and girlfriend Jasmine

Johan Vansummeren and girlfriend Jasmine
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Tom Boonen and his girlfriend enjoying the fruit and ice statues on offer

Tom Boonen and his girlfriend enjoying the fruit and ice statues on offer
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Max van Heeswijk paddles with his sons in 2004

Max van Heeswijk paddles with his sons in 2004
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Theo Bos, Andy Schleck and Stijn Devolder enjoy the fireworks in 2008

Theo Bos, Andy Schleck and Stijn Devolder enjoy the fireworks in 2008
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Alejandro Valverde leads George Hincapie and Fränk Schleck in a jetski race

Alejandro Valverde leads George Hincapie and Fränk Schleck in a jetski race
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George Hincapie on a jetski

George Hincapie on a jetski
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Alejandro Valverde went scuba diving in a skin suit

Alejandro Valverde went scuba diving in a skin suit
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Tom Boonen enjoying the Curacao sunset

Tom Boonen enjoying the Curacao sunset
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Thomas Dekker in 2007

Thomas Dekker in 2007
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Tom Boonen decides to eat the paddle ball

Tom Boonen decides to eat the paddle ball
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Tom Boonen enjoys a game of paddle ball

Tom Boonen enjoys a game of paddle ball
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Tom Boonen enjoying his scuba dive

Tom Boonen enjoying his scuba dive
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Andy Schleck, race organiser Leo Van Vliet and Fränk Schleck in 2006

Andy Schleck, race organiser Leo Van Vliet and Fränk Schleck in 2006
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Andy Schleck practises his victory salutes

Andy Schleck practises his victory salutes
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Alejandro Valverde looking relaxed in 2006

Alejandro Valverde looking relaxed in 2006
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George Hincapie kisses the dolphin back

George Hincapie kisses the dolphin back
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George Hincapie during a dolphin ride

George Hincapie during a dolphin ride
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Alejandro Valverde's turn for a dolphin ride

Alejandro Valverde's turn for a dolphin ride
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Fränk Schleck and girlfriend Martine put their hands up when accosted by the dolphins

Fränk Schleck and girlfriend Martine put their hands up when accosted by the dolphins
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Ellen Van Dijk in the tug of war.

Ellen Van Dijk in the tug of war.
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Joaquim Rodriguez enjoying his break in Curacao.

Joaquim Rodriguez enjoying his break in Curacao.
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Marianne Vos won gold at the Worlds and Olympic Games in 2012.

Marianne Vos won gold at the Worlds and Olympic Games in 2012.
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Niki Terpstra in full flight on the water in Curacao.

Niki Terpstra in full flight on the water in Curacao.
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Marcel Kittel will look to make further waves in 2013.

Marcel Kittel will look to make further waves in 2013.
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Thumbs up if you've been in more pictures than anyone else.

Thumbs up if you've been in more pictures than anyone else.
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The stars of the international peloton sample scuba diving in Curacao.

The stars of the international peloton sample scuba diving in Curacao.
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Frank Schleck uses his only defense - blinding the opposition

Frank Schleck uses his only defense - blinding the opposition
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Johnny Hoogerland prepares to serve

Johnny Hoogerland prepares to serve
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The Schleck side takes the lead

The Schleck side takes the lead
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The pasty white chests of the riders thankfully covered in scuba gear

The pasty white chests of the riders thankfully covered in scuba gear
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Fly-weight Peter Sagan is at a distinct disadvantage in the tug of war

Fly-weight Peter Sagan is at a distinct disadvantage in the tug of war
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Johan Vansummeren and Jelle Vanendert have it out

Johan Vansummeren and Jelle Vanendert have it out
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Marcel Kittel on a stroll along the beach

Marcel Kittel on a stroll along the beach
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Let's hope Steven Kriujswijk has SPF100 on.

Let's hope Steven Kriujswijk has SPF100 on.
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The podium of the Amstel Curacao Race

The podium of the Amstel Curacao Race
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A clean shaven Peter Sagan

A clean shaven Peter Sagan
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Marcel Kittel in the pillow fight

Marcel Kittel in the pillow fight
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Edvald Boasson Hagen catches a ride from a pair of dolphins.

Edvald Boasson Hagen catches a ride from a pair of dolphins.
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Brothers Andy (left) and Fränk Schleck frolic with dolphins while in Curaçao.

Brothers Andy (left) and Fränk Schleck frolic with dolphins while in Curaçao.
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Amstel Curaçao Race champion Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium with runner up Thor Hushovd, third placed Koos Moerenhout and Contador's Astana teammates.

Amstel Curaçao Race champion Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium with runner up Thor Hushovd, third placed Koos Moerenhout and Contador's Astana teammates.
(Image credit: Leo van Vliet)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) wins the Amstel Curaçao Race.

Alberto Contador (Astana) wins the Amstel Curaçao Race.
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Fränk Schleck, Mark Cavendish, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck (l-r) await the start of the Amstel Curaçao Race.

Fränk Schleck, Mark Cavendish, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck (l-r) await the start of the Amstel Curaçao Race.
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The Curacao startline

The Curacao startline
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Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) wins the Jan Thiel criterium ahead of Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil)

Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) wins the Jan Thiel criterium ahead of Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil)
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The Amstel Curacao podium: Andy Schleck, Marcel Kittel and Johnny Hoogerland

The Amstel Curacao podium: Andy Schleck, Marcel Kittel and Johnny Hoogerland
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) sprint for a prime during the Amstel Curaçao Race.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) and Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) sprint for a prime during the Amstel Curaçao Race.
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The podium of the 2013 Amstel Curcao Race

The podium of the 2013 Amstel Curcao Race
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Ellen van Dijk at the start of the race

Ellen van Dijk at the start of the race
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Jan Bakelants needs to work on his tan lines

Jan Bakelants needs to work on his tan lines
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Warren Barguil makes a spalsh

Warren Barguil makes a spalsh
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The former Tour winners show off their yellow jerseys

The former Tour winners show off their yellow jerseys
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Bernard Hinault and Jan Janssen on the beach

Bernard Hinault and Jan Janssen on the beach
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Bernard Hinault gets ready to dive

Bernard Hinault gets ready to dive
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Since 2002, the end of season 'sportif' style Amstel Curaçao Race has been an unofficial 'after-party' of the cycling season as the peloton makes it way to the Caribbean island for a race and a few days of rest and relaxation in the sun. Scuba diving, volleyball, tug-of-war, dolphin rides and swimming have become just as important as the racing as the riders make the most of what the island has to offer.

The 2014 edition of the race takes place on November 8 with the Dutch and Belgian national champions, Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands) and Jens Debusschere (Belgium), confirming their attendance.

Since its inception in 2002, past winners of the race include Michael Boogerd, Peter van Petegem, Oscar Freire, Tom Boonen, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Andy and Frank Schleck and Marcel Kittel. A women's race was created in 2012 with Marianne Vos and Ellen Van Dijk emerging victorious.

Ahead of this year's race, Cyclingnews has gone through the archives to bring you a retrospective gallery of the race which you can see in full by clicking here.