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April 19/15 14:28 pm - Amstel Gold

Posted by Editoress on 04/19/15

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Michal Kwiatkowski achieved one of his main objectives of the season on Sunday, winning the first Ardennes Classic of his career. The UCI World Road Champion won out of a select group at 258km Amstel Gold Race, as the group came together going into the final kilometer after Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) attacked over the top of his teammate Ben Hermans on the Cauberg. The tactic was the same that won Gilbert the 2014 edition of the race, but did not have the same success in the 2015 edition.

Kwiatkowski stayed composed on the Cauberg with 2km to go, as it looked like Gilbert, and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE), had a chance to make it to the line. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) eventually bridged. A group of about 18 riders came back together to contest the finish, and the Polish Etixx - Quick-Step rider waited in the group to launch at the perfect moment for the victory. Valverde finished 2nd, and Matthews 3rd.

As the race approached the final 80km and the gap sat around five minutes, Orica-GreenEDGE committed its first rider to the chase, Canadian Christian Meier.

Ten kilometres later, the peloton was just three and a half minutes behind and by the 50km to go mark the gap sat around one minute for De Vreese, Polanc and Gerdemann who remained as the final three escapees.

Kwiatkowski was escorted to the key moment on the Cauberg by several of his teammates, and hard work by Tony Martin out front earlier in the race allowed Kwiatkowski to conserve some energy in the peloton leading into that point. Martin eventually bridged to a breakaway with a chase group, as David Tanner (IAM Cycling) attacked when the original escape group was caught with about 37km to go in the race. Five riders including Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Martin, Tanner, Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin), and Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE) came together and had an advantage over the peloton with 28km to go.

Collaboration within the breakaway, which was eventually down to Clarke, Nibali, and Martin, became an issue and Clarke went solo with 14km to go and the gap at 9 seconds. However, even Clarke was caught with about 8km to go in the race. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) tried to launch an attack, but that was also chased down before the peloton exploded on the final ascent of the Cauberg due to the acceleration of Hermans.

Kwiatkowski is just the 4th rider in cycling history to win Amstel Gold Race in the Rainbow Jersey. Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Jan Raas were the other three riders to accomplish this feat.

"This was a great day for me, the hard work paid off," Kwiatkowski said. "I'm really thankful that my teammates were so amazing today. I was always in the top 20 or 25 positions. I could relax the whole day. We had Tony in the important breakaway and that was crucial for me. Of course I was suffering as well in a race with so many climbs. The second-to-last time up the Cauberg I said to Gianni Meersman 'you know, I'm not feeling so good today.' But he said to me straight away that everyone is suffering with 34 climbs at this race and I have to make it. That gave me a lot of motivation before the last time up the Cauberg."

"I'm really thankful they believed in me until the last moment. In cycling you never know what to expect from those around you. You might look around and feel like no one is suffering but you, but you don't know the true situation until the last important acceleration. For the sprint I was able to sit in the slipstream and breathe a little bit, and that was important to recover from the effort on the Cauberg. I was able to get some energy back to go full gas in the select group sprint and win Amstel Gold Race.  It's an amazing race here, with a difficult race from start to finish and so many fans of cycling on each climb. It's really special to get this win at the opening race of the Ardennes Classics."

"For sure, winning Amstel Gold Race in the Rainbow Jersey means a lot to both me and the team, and it is another example of how strong we are as a collective. I built up really well for this race, and winning here, which was my goal, I cannot describe my emotions. It's really big for me at this point in my career. For sure I will celebrate with my teammates tonight. They were key to helping me get this win. Then, we look next to the rest of the Ardennes Classics with great morale."

Report edited from Etixx - Quick-Step and ORICA-GreenEDGE reports


Maastricht to Valkenburg, 258 km
1 Michal Kwiatkowki (Pol) ETIXX - Quick Step 6:31:49
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE
4 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
5 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto - Soudal
7 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) ETIXX - Quick Step
8 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
9 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
11 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha
12 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff - Saxo
15 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Cannondale - Garmin
16 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team SKY
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:03
19 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 0:18
20 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka
21 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
22 Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff - Saxo
23 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
24 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
25 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
26 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
27 Paul Martens (Ger) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
28 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
29 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
30 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
31 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
32 Joaquin Rodriguez Olivier (Esp) Team Katusha
33 Sergio Henao (Col) Team SKY
34 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Soudal
35 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling all s.t.
36 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin 0:26
37 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
38 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Cannondale - Garmin
39 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
40 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
41 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
42 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ all s.t.
43 Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:52
44 Chris-Anker Sorensen (Den) Tinkoff - Saxo
45 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka
47 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
48 José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team
49 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
50 Petr Vakoc (Cze) ETIXX - Quick Step
51 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
52 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff - Saxo
53 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida
54 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
55 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
56 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
57 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
58 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team
59 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
60 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff - Saxo
61 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
62 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
63 Luis León Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
64 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:59
65 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 1:20
66 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 1:32
67 Daryl Impey (RSA) ORICA GreenEDGE
68 Pieter Weening (Ned) ORICA GreenEDGE
69 Michael Albasini (Sui) ORICA GreenEDGE
70 Simon Gerrans (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE
71 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SKY
72 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin all s.t.
73 Gianni Meersman (Bel) ETIXX - Quick Step 1:40
74 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Esp) Team Katusha 2:14
75 David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling s.t.
76 Simon Clarke (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE 2:21
77 Tony Martin (Ger) ETIXX - Quick Step 4:27
78 Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing Team 4:53
79 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 4:56
80 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 5:47
81 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
82 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 6:42
83 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
84 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
85 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
86 Marc De Maar (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
87 Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
88 Huub Duijn (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
89 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
90 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice all s.t.
91 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton 6:47
92 Oliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
93 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
94 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha
95 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
96 Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
97 Michal Golas (Pol) ETIXX - Quick Step
98 Julien Vermote (Bel) ETIXX - Quick Step
99 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
100 Julian David Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing
101 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida
102 Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
103 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida
104 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff - Saxo
105 Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ
106 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
107 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
108 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
109 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
110 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin
111 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
112 Alex Howes (USA) Team Cannondale - Garmin
113 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Cannondale - Garmin all s.t.
114 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) CULT Energy Pro Cycling 7:56
115 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha s.t.
116 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 8:59
117 Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
118 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
119 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
120 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka
121 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
122 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
123 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto - Soudal
124 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ all s.t.
125 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 9:59
126 Edouardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 10:48
127 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo 12:21
128 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 13:47
129 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka s.t.
DNF Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
DNF Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
DNF Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ
DNF Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team
DNF lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
DNF Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) ETIXX - Quick Step
DNF Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling
DNF Vicente Reynes Mimo (Esp) IAM Cycling
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida
DNF Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
DNF Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Soudal
DNF Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
DNF Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Josè Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
DNF Mathew Hayman (Aus) ORICA GreenEDGE
DNF Christian Meier (Can) ORICA GreenEDGE
DNF Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Team Cannondale - Garmin
DNF Matej Mohoric (Slo) Team Cannondale - Garmin
DNF Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
DNF Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
DNF Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
DNF Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
DNF Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
DNF Nathan Earle (Aus) Team SKY
DNF Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SKY
DNF Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SKY
DNF Xabier Zandio Echaide (Esp) Team SKY
DNF Wouter Poels (Ned) Team SKY
DNF Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff - Saxo
DNF Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff - Saxo
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Stefan Schumacher (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNF Russel Downing (GBr) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Linus Gerdemann (Ger) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Alex Kirsch (Lux) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Christian Mager (Ger) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Michael Reihs (Den) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) CULT Energy Pro Cycling
DNF Matthew Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Johann Abraham Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Songeze Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Genki Yamamoto (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
DNF Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team Roompot Oranje Peloton
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert


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