The Amstel Gold Race kicked off the Ardennes week with an exciting finale that culminated in Philippe Gilbert taking his third victory at the Dutch race.
Gilbert hasn’t won during the Ardennes week since 2011, when he became only the second rider to win all three in the same season. BMC played the perfect race with Greg Van Avermaet getting a late break and Samuel Sánchez attack at the foot of the Cauberg - forcing their rivals to chase him down - before Gilbert stormed away.
The Belgian’s attack was so devastating that everyone else was racing for second place. Jelle Vanendert took that honour, for the second time – he finished behind Enrico Gasparotto in the 2012 edition – to ensure Belgium took the top two spots. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) out- sprinted Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to round off the top three. You can relive the action with inCycle TV’s highlights, in this exclusive video.
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