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Photo Special: AMSTEL GOLD ’17
Amstel Gold Race Photo Special: Philippe Gilbert has repaid his Quick-Step Floors team with a great spring campaign, topped off with Sunday's Amstel Gold Race victory. As always Cor Vos had his top team of photographers at the Amstel roadside for the best pics of the day.

Full PEZ Amstel Gold race report HERE.

Gilbert also won the Tour of Flanders and the 3 Days of De Panne, it could have been more if not for that crash in Limburg; the Belgian champion was favorite for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but will not be there due to a tear in his right kidney.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michael James MATTHEWS (Australia / Team Sunweb) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

It wasn't that cold at the start, but Sunweb's Michael Matthews was well wrapped-up, or incognito.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - sfeer - illustratie Team BAHRAIN - MERIDA pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

The Bahrain-Merida bus was mobbed by fans at the start in Maastricht.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Meiyin WANG (China / Team Bahrain - Merida) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

Good to see Fumi Beppu at the start, another season with Trek-Segafredo.

Huy - Hoei - Belgie - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - wereldbeker - worldcup - coupe du monde - Waalse Pijl - Fleche Wallone 2011 - sfeer illustratie peloton - foto Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos ©2011

There are some very nice castles in this area.  This looks like the backside of that castle PEZ is riding past on our facebook page.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Tim ARIESEN (Netherlands / Team Roompot Nederlandse Loterij) - Brendan CANTY (Australia / Cannondale Drapac Professsional Cycling Team) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

The break of the day: Lars Boom (LottoNl-Jumbo), Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R-La Mondiale), Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin), Tim Ariesen (Roompot), Nikita Stalnov (Astana), Michal Paluta (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Brendan Canty (Cannondale-Drapac), Johann Van Zyl (Dimension Data), Kenneth Van Rooy (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Pieter Van Speybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF), Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie). Ariesen and Canty leading the way here. They had a maximum gap of seven and a half minutes, the BMC team had other ideas. 50K out they were nearly all caught, with Grellier the last man standing.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - sfeer - illustratie Cauberg climb pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

Meanwhile the peloton were taking in the 34 beklimming.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - MINNAARD Marinus Cornelis (NED) Rider of Wanty - Groupe Gobert crashed pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Philippe Gilbert's Amstel race was nearly over in the opening 100 kilometers as a crash looked to have taken the Belgian champion out of the race.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - crash Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

His Quick-Step teammates were not far away and he was soon back on the bike, but some damage had been done which was not found until after the race.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - crash Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Quick-Step DS Tom Steels was on hand for a bit of encouragement. After the finish; Gilbert was diagnosed with a minor right kidney tear. "When I crashed, I felt pain, but once I remounted and continued the race things became better and better and the pain disappeared. Unfortunately, after the finish, the lower back pain returned, so together with the team doctor I decided to go to the hospital for a check-up. Fortunately, it’s nothing serious, and if everything goes well, in a week I will start training again."

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Peloton and the Mill of Beek - Adsteeg pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

OK, it's Holland, you must have at least one windmill.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Roy CURVERS (Netherlands / Team Sunweb) - Michael James MATTHEWS (Australia / Team Sunweb) - Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

Sunweb were very active. Roy Curvers leading the team's top riders: Michael Matthews and Warren Barguil.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - sfeer - illustratie pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

Soigneurs now have GoPro cameras to wear during the feed zone.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie Tim WELLENS (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

Tim Wellens was one of the most aggressive riders on Sunday, although his moves didn't come to anything.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - The peloton passing the famous Cauberg climb pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The crowds were out to see the action. No Cauberg final, but that didn't keep the fans away.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

The winning break eventually formed with less than 40 kilometers remaining. Philippe Gilbert, Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal), Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott), Columbian champion Sergio Henao (Sky), Nathan Haas (Dimension Data), Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida), Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNl-Jumbo), JJ Rojas (Movistar) and eventually Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA (Columbia / Team Sky) - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

Henao was working for a Kwiatkowski win.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Gilbert knows how to descend.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA (Columbia / Team Sky) - Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA (Spain / Team Bahrain - Merida) - Michael ALBASINI (Swiss / Team Orica Scott) - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL (Spain / Team Movistar) - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

Ion Izagirre was showing off his Bahrain-Merida jersey in the break.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michael ALBASINI (Swiss / Team Orica Scott) - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA (Columbia / Team Sky) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

Orica-Scott's Michael Albasini made the move and put himself on the podium.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA (Spain / Team Bahrain - Merida) Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL (Spain / Team Movistar) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

Spain was hoping for the win. Valverde missed the important move, but Izagirre and Rojas were there.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

When the attack came.... It was too much for the others in the split.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Did Gilbert have to say anything to the ex-World champion, Kwiatkowski?

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

The pair worked well together to hold the gap, two against five are not the best odds.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michael James MATTHEWS (Australia / Team Sunweb) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

Back in the chase group, or what was left of the peloton, Matthews was suffering.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA (Portugal/ Team Abu Dhabi) - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

The race was as good as over for Greg Van Avermaet, Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Kwiatkowski made the Belgian champ wince.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Enrico GASPAROTTO (Italy / Team Bahrain - Merida) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2017

No repeat of 2012 and 2016 for Enrico Gasparotto.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

No repeat of Roubaix for Olympic champion, Greg Van Avermaet, although he did give it a good try.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA (Portugal/ Team Abu Dhabi) - Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

There wasn't much of the peloton left.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar) - Fabio FELLINE (Italy / Team Trek Segafredo) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Pool/BC/Cor Vos © 2017

Valverde tried to cross but it was too late.

VALKENBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - APRIL 16 : KWIATKOWSKI Michal (POL) Rider of Team SKY and GILBERT Philippe (BEL) Rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling team are attacking during the UCI WorldTour 52th Amstel Gold Race cycling race with start in Maastricht and finish in Valkenburg on April 16, 2017 in Valkenburg, The Netherlands, 16/04/2017 ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photonews

The Pole opened the sprint and looked to have the win to go with the Strade Bianche, but he should have checked the direction of the wind.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

Into a strong head wind, Kwiatkowski tired and Gilbert drew level and then pushed ahead for the win.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

Four fingers - Four Amstel wins.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

Happy with his win

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - sprint Michael James MATTHEWS (Australia / Team Sunweb) - Ion Ander INSAUSTI IRASTORZA (Spain / Team Bahrain - Merida) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

Sonny Colbrelli just got the better of Michael Matthews for 9th place, 1:11 down on Gilbert.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

Just the podium beer, kisses and a hospital visit for winner Philippe Gilbert.

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

Philippe Gilbert achieved the stellar feat of becoming the third rider in history to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race in the same season. "Today’s race was hard and we rode aggressively, but this is my favorite way of racing. I’m not scared of this and I’m very happy of how things panned out. It was a perfect day! My goal every season is to win a Classic. Now it is already two and this is maybe for the years I didn’t win one."

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

A beer for Philippe Gilbert, but he will now not ride Flèche Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro d'Italia. "It’s a big blow for me to miss the Giro, a beautiful race in which I’ve enjoyed success several times in the past, but this kind of injuries are always delicate and it’s recommended to don’t rush things, so extending my recovery period is the best decision we could take. Despite this setback, I remain upbeat and I now look with even more motivation to the second part of the season."

Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Poland / Team Sky) - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Michael ALBASINI (Swiss / Team Orica Scott) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

# There will be no Philippe Gilbert at Flèche Wallonne or Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but PEZ will be all the news from Belgium on Wednesday and Sunday. Read the Fléche Preview HERE. #

Amstel Gold Race Result:
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors in 6:33:55
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky
3. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott at 0:10
4. Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
5. Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar
6. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky
7. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:14
8. Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo at 1:10
9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:11
10. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
11. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) LottoNl-Jumbo
12. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
13. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
14. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
15. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
16. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
17. Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
18. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott
19. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar
20. Paul Martens (Ger) LottoNl-Jumbo
21. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
22. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott
23. Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
24. Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
25. Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac.

 

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