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Amstel Gold - Roman Kreuziger seals win
By Mark Sharon
Date: 4/15/2013
Amstel Gold - Roman Kreuziger seals win

Kreuziger outwits favourites to win the 48th edition of the Amstel Gold

Roman Kreuziger managed to hold off the favourites to take a solo win, attacking from a small breakaway group on the Cauberg with six kilometres to go. Alejandro Valverdo led in the peloton for second, with Simon Gerans in third.

Amstel Gold Podoum

(L-R) Valverde, Kreuziger, Gerrans

After the traditional fast start, a group of seven riders took off. The break which included Johan Vansummeren and Mikel Astarloza pulled out a gap that maxed out at 12 minutes.

There was a panic in peloton when world champion Philippe Gilbert crashed. Laurens ten Dam also couldn’t avoid hitting the asphalt. Some riders had to go cross-country to get back on the course.

It was Mikel Astarloza that managed to stay clear for a long time. He kept the peloton at bay until he was very deep into the final. A group with Pieter Weening and Roman Kreuziger tried to bridge first. They made it to the front. Damiano Cunego tried, but fell short.

The big guns kept quiet and even with just 20 kilometres to go to the finish they seemed to be content to take chances.

The tactics played into Kreuziger's hands, and he jumped with six kilometers to go before he could be caught. Behind him all favourites were left to scrap over the runner-up places.

Philippe Gilbert attacked on the Cauberg, but it was too little, too late. Kreuziger was gone and out of reach with a 22 second cushion on the line.

"Brilliant", was his first comment on the classical crown. "Karsten Kroon was a big help, his knowledge of the terrain surely made a difference. The last passage of the Cauberg everything hurt, but I made it."

Simon Gerran's third place came from a tactically intelligent read of the closing kilometres, "I’m satisfied with the result,” said Gerrans. “Everybody did their jobs perfectly. When you do what you plan to do and it doesn’t eventuate into the hoped for result, you still have to be happy. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t racing for the win at the end, but a podium finish in a big race like Amstel Gold is still satisfying."


1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 6:35:21  
2 Alejandro Valverdo Belmonte 0:00:22  
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
6 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling    
7 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    
9 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
11 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha    
12 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp    
13 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
14 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
15 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
16 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:23  
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:25  
18 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:36  
19 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha 0:00:37  
20 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
21 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha    
22 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
23 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
24 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
25 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
26 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:38  
27 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:46  
28 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:47  
29 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
30 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
32 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:48  
33 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
34 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:57  
35 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
36 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:58  
37 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:07  
38 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
39 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:11  
40 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
41 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:12  
42 Andrey Armador Bikkazakova    
43 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
44 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:13  
45 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:31  
46 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
47 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
48 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:32  
49 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
50 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:44  
51 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:48  
52 David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
53 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
54 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:13  
55 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:16  
56 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:05:01  
57 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
58 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:05:27  
59 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
60 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
61 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
62 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:05:28  
63 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
64 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    
65 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
66 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
67 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:29  
68 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:06:29  
69 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
71 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling 0:06:30  
72 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
73 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:06:31  
74 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 0:06:34  
75 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:09:12  
76 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano    
77 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:09:13  
78 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling    
79 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
80 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
81 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
82 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
83 Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony    
84 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:09:14  
85 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team    
86 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
87 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
88 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
89 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
90 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
91 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ    
92 Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:09:15  
93 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
94 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
95 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
96 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:13:15  
97 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:13:16  
98 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:13:19  


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