Van Aert wins Amstel Gold Race after nerve-racking millimetre sprint

Van Aert wins Amstel Gold Race after nerve-racking millimetre sprint

Wout van Aert has won the Amstel Gold Race after a sprint that will not soon be forgotten. The Flemish rider of Team Jumbo-Visma beat Englishman Thomas Pidcock by a minimal margin. It is the fourteenth victory of the season for the yellow and black formation of manager Richard Plugge.

On the closed course in the hills of South Limburg, Team Jumbo-Visma always kept control of the race. Partly thanks to Paul Martens, who particated for the 15th time, the early breakaway only got limited space. At less than one hundred kilometres from the end the race really broke open. Team Jumbo-Visma was always in the forefront and with Jonas Vingegaard, Sam Oomen and Primoz Roglic almost always had a rider in the attack. On the last climb of the Cauberg Van Aert, together with world champion Alaphilippe and others, went full on. In the last lap Pidcock, Van Aert and the German Maximilian Schachmann had to decide who would win the Amstel Gold Race.

In a particularly exciting and nervous sprint it was the winner of Gent-Wevelgem who ultimately won. The victory in the Dutch classic is Van Aert’s fourth of the season. “I didn’t dare believe it. I sprinted the last few meters with my eyes closed”, a relieved Van Aert said. “The jury only told me just before the podium ceremony that I had won. It was very difficult to say, that was clear from the time the jury needed to make it final. I have never experienced this before.”

“I could always count on Jonas, Sam and Primoz just before the final”, the best one-day rider of 2020 said. “They jumped well with almost all the attacks. It was a shame that Primoz had a mechanical problem in the final. The team really rode for the win today.” Allowing Van Aert to finish his last race of his classic spring in style. “I am very proud of this victory and my my performances in the classics. I have competed for this victory in almost every race and have always been in top shape. I am very happy to go into the holidays with this victory. The bike will be put aside for a while now.”

Van Aert end his spring programme with wins in the Amstel Gold Race and Gent-Wevelgem, two stage wins and a second place in the final classification of Tirreno-Adriatico, the second place in the Brabantse Pijl and the third place in Milano-San Remo.