Target photo chaos: Kwiatkowski wins with millimeters

Target photo chaos: Kwiatkowski wins with millimeters

The ex-world champion of the Team Ineos Grenadiers sat down at the most important classic of the Netherlands, after 254.1 km in Valkenburg in the sprint of a two group of husbandry in front of the Frenchman Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R Citröenen).

Only after minutes of evaluation of the destination photos, the jury declared the 31-year-old Kwiatkowski to the winner. At first, Cosnefroy had cheered about the supposedly first victory of a French at “Amstel” since the legendary Bernard Hullet in 1981. “It was very confused in the goal, a big mess,” said Kwiatkowski, who had won the race in 2015.

It was very confused in the goal, a big mess.

Michal Kwiatkowski

Kwiatkowski and Cosnefroy had dropped around 20 km in front of the destination shortly after the last passage of the notorious Cauberg from a top group. Topfavorit Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands / Alpecin-Fenix), who had won the Flanders tour for a week before, tried in vain to close the gap, finally fourth behind the Belgian Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo Visa).

Defending champion Wood Van Aert (Belgium / Jumbo-Visa) was not at the start as a result of Corona infection. German drivers had nothing to do with the exit of the race.

Liane Lippert at the women’s third parties

Liane Lippert has achieved her best season result in women after a strong performance. The 24-year-old from the bike team DSM took place on Sunday after 128.5 kilometers through the Dutch Ardennes spacers third place. The Victory in Valkenburg was secured by the Italian Marta Cavalli with a short jump in front of a six-person pursuer group, in which the Dutchman Demi full ring spaced lippert in the sprint.

The preliminary decision fell as often at the Cauberg a few kilometers from the destination. A tough attack of ex-world champion Annemiek van Vleuten was initially only lippert followed before five other drivers enclosed. Shortly after the summit of the Cauberg, the former Italian road wheel champion Cavalli put the ultimately successful counterattack. The Dutch top favorite van Vleuten was only fourth place fourth.

Amstel Gold Race in Maastricht / Netherlands – Results Men

Michał Kwiatkowski wins Amstel Gold Race 2022
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) – Ineos Grenadiers 6:01:19 hrs.
2. Benoit Cosnefroy (France) – AG2R Citroën Team + 0 sec.
3. Tiesj Benoot (Belgium) – Jumbo-Visa + 10
4. Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) – Alpecin-Fenix + 20
5. Alexander Kamp Egested (Denmark) – Trek – Segafredo
6. Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) – Decuninck-Quick-Step
7. Michael Matthews (Australia) – BikeExchange
8th. Stefan Küng (Switzerland) – Groupama-FDJ
9. Marc Hirschi (Switzerland) – UAE Team Emirates
10. Dylan Teuns (Belgium) – Bahrain Victorious

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