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Amstel promises well

Amstel promises well

The new version of Amstel Gold Race caused an offensive final launced on Kruisberg and Eyserbosweg. Wanty-Groupe Gobert bravely defended its colours. Pieter Vanspeybrouck was in the early breakaway for more than 200 kilometers. In the final our New Zealander Dion Smith could stay in touch with the first pack and finished 31st.

Dion Smith:

"It was a tiring day, filled with a lot of action. I tried to constantly position myself in the front in order to follow the movements in the pack and thus save energy. But in the deep final I had lost a lot of energy. This is only my second race over 260 kilometers. On the last ascent of Cauberg I really had to give it all to keep in touch with the group. I couldn't feel my legs anymore! It was a beautiful experience with an eye on upcoming editions. Now I hope to recover for Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège."

Hilaire Van der Schueren (sports director):

"Today we got a good result. We finished with seven riders and without the crash of Marco Minnaard we would have eight riders at the end. Remember we are a ProContinental team and today was a WorldTour race over 260 kilometers. We tried to perform as good as possible by having Pieter Vanspeybrouck in the breakaway and by getting our youngsters at the finish line. Dion Smith was in the group sprinting for 9th place. That is interesting and gives confidence for the future."

Results

  1. Philippe Gilbert
  2. Michal Kwiatkowski
  3. Michael Albasini

31. Dion Smith
51. Xandro Meurisse
71. Jérôme Baugnies
76. Thomas Degand
108. Guillaume Martin
110. Andrea Pasqualon
123. Pieter Vanspeybrouck