4.17.2016

Amstel Gold Race

Riding to km 0. Incredible: Fabio Felline  puts his hand into his front wheel and crashes off! no worlds. 
The Amstel is on. In a weather that so far is dry but menacing rain.

There is a break-away including Bono, Didier, De Vreese, Montaguti, Reza, Warbasse, Howes, Devriendt, Grellier, Cerny and Berlato. 88 km to go they have 3'24".
75 km to go Rodriguez falls. He's back on bike and Team Katusha stops to hep his chase.
There are still 10 climbs left: Loorberg, Gulperberg, Kruisberg, Eyserbosweg, Fromberg, Keutenberg, Cauberg, Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg and Cauberg.
65 km to go, Rodriguez is back in the peloton. Van der Sande attacks, Meersman, Bonifazo and Thurau follow. They got a  16" gap.
Stef Clement and Grega Bole crashed and remain on the ground.
60 km to go the break has 2'20'' on the peloton. Grivko attacked too and is chasing solo.
54 km to gothe break-away has 1'45 to the first chasing group and 3'06. to the peloton. It's raining pretty hard on certain parts of the course. Temperature is about 10 degrees.
Boom and Tjallingii abandoned.
After the Gulperberg only six riders are still in front as the others, Didier included are dropped.
News come that Clement has been brought to the hospital and that he's conscious.
40 km to go Howes attacks the break but on the Eyserbosweg they are back together. Warbasse, De Vreese, Montaguti, Howes and Bono lead. The first chasing group is at 1'20", the peloton at 1'52" . 
36 km to go Albasini attacks. Neutralised. Vanmarcke goes in conter but he's caught.
The race is in the last 30 km and several attacks reduced the peloton to less than 70 riders. The break is only 57'' ahead the first chasing group and about 1' to the peloton.
Keutenberg: Van der Sande attacks and gets a gap. The peloton had to stop for a little crash. Riders are bridging and now Bob Jungels closes the gap.
Gilbert, Visconti, Boasson Hagen and others are dropped.
22 km to go Dumoulin got a flat tyre and is alone at the back of the race.
Cauberg. Jungels and Battaglin attack! Kwiatkowski is dropped.
16 km to go the peloton is back together, 12'' behind the break.
Kwiatkowski abandoned14 km to go the break is over. ORICA-GE pulls the peloton by Roubaix's winner Heyman. Rodriguez abandoned while Boasson Hagen is back in the peloton.
Final time up the Cauberg.
8 km to go Kreuziger attacksWellens bridges across to Kreuziger and drops him straight away. Bemelerweg. Wellens is solo 12'' ahead.
4 km to go the gap is about 20''. Wellens is caught atop the climb, then Gasparotto attacks and Valgren joins.
No sprint. Gasparotto wins. His victory is for the team mate Antoine Demoitie. "His wife came to out hotel yesterday: one of the more touching moment of my life".

Enrico Gasparotto:
"When I won in 2012, I did most of the Cauberg with the 39 instead of 53, and I decided to do the same today. I almost crashed at the corner at the bottom and then I moved up to the front. Nobody was attacking so I went with the 39 and then I switched to the 53 when I came to the old finish. I was lucky that Valgren came with me, I wouldn’t have won if I’d been alone because there was a super strong headwind over the top. I was maybe lucky that it wasn’t Roman Kreuziger too, because we would have played a bit before the sprint. Instead Valgren was happy to pull to make sure he came second at least, and I was able to wait and wait for the sprint."

Tom Dumoulin:
“I am really disappointed that I suffered a puncture at the worst moment in the race. I hoped that I could close the gap with the peloton but the gap was already too big”.


Warren Barguil:
“We performed well as a team today. After the Keuterberg I had a problem with my chain and I had to stop. I had to use a lot of energy to rejoin the first group and I think that didn’t help me on the last passage of the Cauberg. In the sprint, I got boxed in on the left and that’s a shame because I had the legs for a top 10. I am disappointed but the legs are good after feeling a bit unwell last week.”

Loïc Vliegen:
“I’m really happy to be in the top ten today. The first section of the race was really difficult but I felt better and better throughout the race. I think the cold also affected me a lot with the rain. But to be in the top ten at my first Amstel Gold Race is really special. With Philippe not in the final group at the finish, myself and the other guys had a ‘carte blanche’ from the Sports Directors to see what we could do. I think I launched my sprint a bit too early and the wind wasn’t very favourable but I’m still happy. It’s a course that suits me well. I’m still too young to win a race like this but I think in the future, it’s a race that will be really good for me. I think the Ardennes will be one of my primary objectives in the years to come.”


Philippe Gilbert:
“It was quite a controlled race and then it really accelerated in the final 50 or 60 kilometers. There were a lot of riders dropped as the race really started to heat up. In the end it wasn’t my day today, but I’ll be back for La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege so I hope to be better there.”

Bauke Mollema: 
"It was a bit of a strange race today. Until the last 60-70kms we went quite easy on the climbs. We had Laurent (Didier) in the break, and then Niccolo (Bonifazio) covering the attack; it was a good situation for us with two guys in the front at this moment. With two guys in front I was thinking about maybe jumping in the finale, but then it started raining, hailing, and suddenly it was so cold, and the speed in the peloton was so high there were no attacks anymore. Our guys came back, and I couldn't do more than wait for the last climb. I tried to make a result, and I didn't do a perfect sprint, but I am not a fast like (Michael) Matthews and all these guys. Of course, I hoped for more in this race, but its 250k, a lot of stress because it is a really nervous race, and in the end we still have nothing, so I can't be really satisfied. I felt okay today, like I recovered well after the climbs, so next week we have a new chance."


Team Trek's physician Jens Hinder about Fabio Felline:
"Fabio crashed with his face directly into the ground. He sustained a broken nose and cuts to his face and the radiologists also found a fracture at the base of the skull. He needs further examination to determine if it is stable or unstable and this will determine what treatment is required for recovery. It is too early to know until he undergoes further tests."

Serge Pauwels:
"It was a tough race and the rain in the finale made it really hard. I actually felt pretty good all day, but lost my legs somehow in the end. I saw that a lot of other riders had the same problem, possibly from the wet and cold. I moved to the front of the peloton, hoping for a split in the crosswinds. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. That’s racing I guess, so let’s look forward Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege."

Julian Alaphilippe:
"We came here with the ambition of getting a strong result and we managed to be up there in the final. On a personal note, I really enjoyed the race and was happy to be in the main group in the closing kilometers after what was a complicated first part of the season for me due to health concerns. I missed some power to follow Gasparotto when he went, so I decided to wait for the sprint. I came 6th and considering everything I am happy, especially as I crashed during the race and had to change my shoes and chase back. After a long time I had good feeling today, and that gives me a lot of confidence."

Petr Vakoč:
"I was feeling good today, but I got quite cold when it started raining, so it wasn't easy for me, as my legs were hurting. Still, I continued to fight and after the top of Cauberg I worked hard and tried to bring the attackers back. I didn't have the same legs as Wednesday, but it was a nice experience and all in all I am content with my ride."

Tosh Van der Sande:
"We tried and lost ! Next time better... #AGR"

Robert Gesink:
“It was a very hectic race. When you see Tim Wellens’s [Lotto-Soudal] move, you see that it’s very hard to stay in front after an attack before the Cauberg. I wanted to ride aggressively myself, but I know that my energy fades away quickly, so we decided to wait. The other men stayed alert and tried to escape in the right moments. I gambled for the final climb. It was all I could today.”
 
Wilco Kelderman:
“The rain made it extra hard. It was cold. The guys were strong in front during the final, but not me. I didn’t deliver a strong final and I was in bad position during the sprint. I’m not satisfied.”


Sep Vanmarcke:
“I thought that I wouldn’t be able to make it until the end. I had a cold this week and I wasn’t able to breathe perfectly. I made it through the rain and I felt that I was going to be able to survive the Cauberg, but when I was riding through the wind in the final, my strength faded. I brought Robert to the foot of the Cauberg and that was the end of my race.”

Chad Haga:
"Yes, I was dropped multiple times today and finished 12' down after chasing alone for the last hour, but I finished. I went deep refusing to quit, because I needed to prove to myself that I can make a full return. #AGR was my 3rd race of 2016...encouraging!"

Stef Clement:
"Double collarbone fracture: one more for the bucketlist.... The helmet saved me, I was lucky, let's stay positive".

Ben Swift:
"Fun day out in Amstel always a crazy race, bit of program change for me.Next is Fleche-Liege-Romandie. Sadly no @letouryorkshire this year."

MORE TO COME

RESULTS

1 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 6:18:02
2 Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team
3 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:04
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
5 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
6 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
8 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
9 Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
10 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
11 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
12 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
13 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
14 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
15 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
16 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
17 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
18 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
19 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
20 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
21 Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
22 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
23 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
24 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
25 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
26 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
27 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
28 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
29 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
30 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
31 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:08
32 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:34
33 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
34 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
35 Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:00:41
36 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF
37 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
38 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
39 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
40 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
41 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky
42 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
43 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step
44 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling
45 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro Team
46 Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
47 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling
48 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 0:01:01
49 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
50 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
51 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
52 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
53 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:36
54 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
55 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:02:05
56 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:02:07
57 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:12
58 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:03:20
59 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:37
60 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:04:18
61 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 0:04:33
62 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
63 Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
64 Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
65 Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
66 Huub Duyn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
67 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling
68 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida
69 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team
70 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
71 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
72 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
73 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
74 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
75 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida
76 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling
77 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
78 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
79 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
80 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
81 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
82 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha
83 David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling
84 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
85 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
86 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
87 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
88 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
89 Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
90 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
91 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
92 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
93 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge
94 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
95 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:05:39
96 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:05:56
97 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 0:06:19
98 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:07:35
99 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida 0:08:03
100 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
101 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha 0:08:49
102 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
103 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
104 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
105 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
106 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
107 Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
108 Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
109 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
110 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
111 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team
112 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team
113 Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
114 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
115 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
116 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Team
117 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:09:11
118 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:11:24
119 Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:15:49
120 Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:17:16
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
DNF Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
DNF Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
DNF Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNF Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
DNF Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal
DNF Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team
DNF Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
DNF Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
DNF Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team
DNF Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
DNF Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
DNF Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ
DNF Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
DNF Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
DNF William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
DNF Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling
DNF Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling
DNF Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling
DNF Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
DNF Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data
DNF Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
DNF Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
DNF Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
DNF Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
DNF Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Kenny De Haes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
DNF Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNF Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNF Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNF Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNF Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNF Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF

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