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Kittel claims Amstel Curaçao

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Kittel wins the Amstel Curaçao

Kittel wins the Amstel Curaçao
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Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) takes his 18th win of the season

Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) takes his 18th win of the season
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Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) wins the spint

Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) wins the spint
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Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) leads the three-man break

Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) leads the three-man break
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Hoogerland, Vanendert and Kittel on the climb

Hoogerland, Vanendert and Kittel on the climb
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The start

The start
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The podium presentation

The podium presentation
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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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The riders head across the bridge

The riders head across the bridge
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Some mightly large cacti loom over the front group

Some mightly large cacti loom over the front group
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In the tropical island climate, water hand-ups were essential

In the tropical island climate, water hand-ups were essential
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Vanendert leads up the climb

Vanendert leads up the climb
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Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) claimed his 18th win of the season, winning the Amstel Curaçao with a trademark sprint. The German beat Andy Schleck and Johnny Hoogerland in a three-man sprint.

The race got underway three hours later than scheduled due to heavy rain and thunderstorms and the race itself started with a shower of attacks. It was Frank Schleck who made the race's first decisive move, splitting the field and reducing the peloton to just 19 riders.

As the race passed the Bridge Julia Kittel, Andy Schleck and Hoogerland escaped and worked together until the finale, where Kittel made no mistake and claimed the win.

 

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