Amstel Gold Race 2016: Gasparotto powers to victory

Amstel Gold race 2014At 248.7 kilometres, the 2016 Amstel Gold Race offers 34 short and steep hills. Tim Wellens attacks at Bemelerberg, the penultimate climb, but Gasparotto closes the gap at the last climb up the Cauberg with Valgren on his wheel. The Italian is strongest in the sprint-a-deux. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results Amstel Gold Race

1. Enrico Gasparotto (ita)
2. Michael Valgren (den) s.t.
3. Sonny Colbrelli (ita) + 0.03
4. Bryan Coquard (fra) s.t.
5. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
6. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) s.t.
7. Diego Ulissi (ita) s.t.
8. Giovanni Visconti (ita) s.t.
9. Loïc Vliegen (bel) s.t.
10. Tim Wellens (bel) s.t.

Race report
After a fast opening and a lot of attacks, it’s with 34 kms done a group of 11 riders manage to force a gap. De Vreese, Devriendt, Didier, Howes, Montaguti, Bono, Reza, Warbasse, Cerny, Grellier and Berlato race to a maximum lead at 5 minutes.

With 65 kms left Van der Sande opens the chace in the company of Meersman, Bonifazio and Thurau mee. They are brought back with 30 kms left by a peloton that’s down to 30 riders. Gilbert is not one of them, while Dumoulin punctures a little later. Title defender Kwiatkowski can’t follow the pace either.

De Vreese, Howes, Montaguti, Bono, Grellier and Warbasse are the last leader to be brought back after the penulimate climb up the Cauberg. Kreuziger attacks at Bemelerberg, but Wellens counters. At the foot Cauberg he enjoys at 12 seconds lead and Enrico Gasparatto bridges the gap with Velgren Andersen on his wheel. The duo powers on a sprint-a-deux that’s won by the Italian. After taking the 2012 edition it’s his second win in the Amstel Gold Race.

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Enrico Gasparotto

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