World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Amstel Gold Race

By Jean MONTOIS Valkenburg, Netherlands, April 19, 2015 (AFP) - World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland claimed his first one-day victory of the year in winning the first of three Ardennes Classics, the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Kwiatkowski finished the 258km race from Maastricht to Valkenburg ahead of Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Australia's Michael Matthews. … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Lands The Amstel Gold Hat-Trick

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Belgium's Philippe Gilbert surged clear on the final Cauberg climb to win his third Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 31-year-old -- winner in 2010 and 2011 -- made his move inside the final 4km following a dummy-attack by BMC team-mate Samuel Sanchez and by the top of the climb, 1.8km from the finish, he was … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Aiming For Hat-Trick at Amstel Gold

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011, proved he is back on form after missing the cobbled Classics in the previous two weeks when he sprinted to victory … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink To Undergo Heart Surgery, Misses Amstel Gold

THE HAGUE, April 15, 2014 (AFP) - Dutchman Robert Gesink will undergo a heart operation after suffering pain during last week's Tour of the Basque Country, the Belkin rider revealed Tuesday. The 27-year-old has pulled out of Sunday's Amstel Gold race and will also likely miss July's Tour de France. "At the Tour of the Basque Country last week, I felt pain again. Short but around the … [Read more...]

Frank Schleck Has Been Sidelined After His Amstel Gold Crash

CHARLEROI, Belgium, April 21, 2009 (AFP) - Luxembourg's Frank Schleck has pulled out of Wednesday's Fleche-Wallonne race and is doubtful for Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege after his fall in the Amstel Gold Race, his Saxo Bank team revealed on Tuesday. Schleck was taken to hospital after falling spectacularly during the Dutch race on Sunday but was discharged shortly afterwards. The … [Read more...]

Cunego Leads The Assault On Fiendish Dutch Classic

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, April 17, 2009 (AFP) - Defending champion Damiano Cunego is among the favourites going into Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, the only spring classic which takes place in the Netherlands. The 258.6km road race leads from Maastricht to Valkenburg in the hilly Limburg region in the south of the country, near the borders with Belgium and Germany. It features 31 torturous … [Read more...]