Enrico Gasparotto wins Amstel Gold Race

Enrico Gasparotto wins Amstel Gold Race

18 aprile 2016

The rider from Wanty-Groupe Gobert team conquests a historic victory

Wanty-Groupe Gobert rode this Sunday the Netherlands' only WorldTour Classic, the Amstel Gold Race between Maastricht and Berg-en-Terbijt (248,3 km). After a second place in Brabantse Pijl, Enrico Gasparotto won a historic victory for Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

"I had incredible legs today. Everything went as we planned. It is the most beautiful victory for the team", Enrico Gasparotto said. « The team did a really good job. We had a rider in the break and then Björn Thurau in a chase group. The rest of the team protected me very well. It was perfect. »

The team lined up with Mark McNally, Frederik Veuchelen, Marco Minnaard, Enrico Gasparotto, Björn Thurau, Marco Marcato, Kenny Dehaes and Tom Devriendt. The first goal was to be in the breakaway. The breakaway of the day of eleven riders with our rider Tom Devriendt got the green light after an hour of racing. They received maximum lead of 4'45" on the peloton. At 62 kilometres from the finish, Björn Thurau attacked with three other riders in a chase group.

At 16 kilometres from the finish, the breakaway was caught by the peloton. In the first meters of the Cauberg, Enrico Gasparotto attacked. Nobody could follow him on the climb. The Dane Michael Valgren made it back to Gasparotto as they passed the summit.

« I knew I had to attack because Orica-GreenEdge was controlling the race for Michael Matthews. If I had sprinted against him, I would have been beaten. »

They rode together and increased their gap. Gasparotto, atop on his Cube bike equipped with Fulcrum Speed XLR wheels,  beat Michael Valgren (Tinkoff) in a two-rider sprint. 

 

photo:TDWsport.com

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