Amstel Spoiler
Last Post 04/21/2014 04:44 PM by Orange Crush. 13 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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04/20/2014 09:53 AM
Voeckler opens the race w 40 to go.





Gawd I love the roads...seeing this race I always wonder why I moved.
Orange Crush

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04/20/2014 10:23 AM
Frank is still there but where's little brother? Oh well, nevermind.





Looks like it'll come down to the usual gallop up Cauberg
Ride On

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04/20/2014 10:39 AM
Andy crashed out a long time ago, knee issue
Orange Crush

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04/20/2014 10:41 AM
down the hill and then the mad rush up

Gilbert clearly a cut above the rest. He's back.
Ride On

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04/20/2014 10:43 AM
Large group 50 riders
Ride On

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04/20/2014 10:46 AM
Gilbert
Orange Crush

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04/20/2014 10:55 AM
he can cool down riding home; only about 20k to go.
Cosmic Kid

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04/20/2014 10:57 AM
Damn impressive move on Cauberg.....he just gapped them all and rode it home.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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04/20/2014 11:14 AM
I missed on Kwiatkowski (5th place) and Valverde (4th) but not too shabby. Pegged Orica:

"I'm thinking Kwiatkowski for the win. He has been riding really well this year, is surrounded by a very strong, very smart and unselfish team and I am thinking he is quite motivated.

Gilbert or Valverde up there wouldn't surprise me at all. My gut says Orica-Greenedge won't get past the first step."

Ben
zootracer

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04/20/2014 12:52 PM
Well, I was watching it. My DVR stopped recording after about 40K. Darn...
Ride On

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04/20/2014 05:33 PM
How dare he win without an aero lid.
79pmooney

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04/20/2014 08:27 PM
Ride On, this is the ~1984th anniversary of a miracle. Gilbert thought it would be fitting to pull off another one in tribute. (Him winning by that margin with a non-aero lid is physically impossible. C.K.'s got the numbers to prove it.)

Ben
ChinookPass

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04/21/2014 04:15 PM
Interesting finish. I like the Cyclocosm summary.

http://cyclocosm.com/2014/04/how-the-race-was-won-amstel-gold-2014/

It looked like Sanchez's attack had Gilbert on his heels a little but then he recovered and rode a little downhill tailwind to victory while Gerrans, Valverde, and Kwiatkowski struggled to recover. Nice bit of riding by PG and BMC and a good payback to BMC by Sanchez.

Orange Crush

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04/21/2014 04:44 PM
BMC rode a perfect tactical race.

Van Avermaet put in a ton of work to keep break away as long as possible allowing Gilbert to take it easy. He probably put in the strongest performance of the day.

Sanchez attack at bottom of hill to soften legs of competition. This was plan all along according to GIlbert.

Gilbert putting in attack at only place possible, inside turn on steepest part of hill knowing from previous lap that with tailwind he'd be able to make it stick.

I am not surprised Kwiatkowski could not hang on. Most of top finishers are seasoned riders with racing hardness at top level for many years. Hard for younger ones to match that after 240k. Same with Matthews.

Orica expectedly rode a good race with Weening in break and 4 guys in front group heading to Cauberg but ultimately no one was able to match Gilbert on strenght so the numbers didn't matter.

Fourth time Gilbert wins on the Cauberg.


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