Kreuziger wins Amstel Gold race

2013-04-14 17:55
Roman Kreuziger (AFP)

The Hague - Czech Roman Kreuziger made a solo break for home to win the Amstel Gold race on Sunday after 251.8km from Maastricht to Valkenburg.

The Saxo rider broke clear on the final climb from a group of escapees and then held off the chasing pack to win by 20 seconds.

Spaniard Alessandro Valverde won a sprint finish for second.

It was the first time the 26-year-old Kreuziger, a former winner of the young rider jerseys at both the Tour de France and Tour of Italy, has won a Classic.

He broke clear with seven kilometres to ride and never looked back.

At the foot of the final ascent of the short but punishing Cauberg climb, three kilometres from the end, he had a 30-second lead over the peloton.

World champion Philippe Gilbert attacked out of the group to try to hunt down Kreuziger but he never got close and once over the top of the Cauberg he was chased down by the pack.

Amstel Gold race results on Sunday:

1. Roman Kreuziger (CZE) 6 h 35:21, 2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) at 22, 3. Simon Gerrans (AUS) 22, 4. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) 22, 5. Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 22, 6. Sergio Henao (COL) 22, 7. Bjorn Leukemans (BEL) 22, 8. Pieter Weening (NED) 22, 9. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) 22, 10. Bauke Mollema (NED) 22.

Read more on:    cycling

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.