Astarloza in 241 kilometre breakaway, reeled in close to finish

A visibly exhausted but satisfied Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) pulled off a breakaway that totalled 241 kilometres of the 251 that made up the Amstel Gold Race. First part of a seven rider move, then alone 50 kilometres from the finish, Astarloza was only reeled in with nine kilometres to go before dropping back in the final seven.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.