The much-discussed incident about nine kilometers from the finish was discussed in the podcast TheMove by Messrs Armstrong, Bruyneel and Hincapie. Armstrong, twice second in the Gold Race, was clear in his disapproval of Van Vliet’s action.
“There is no excuse for a race director to behave like this. By the way, Pogacar really doesn’t need any help from Leo van Vliet. There was more than enough room for the front trailer to get more distance. In a race with the stature of the Amstel Gold Race, this should never happen.”
Former team boss Johan Bruyneel takes a bit of a stand for Van Vliet. “We all know Leo van Vliet. A great guy who is already organizing the Gold Race for the 27th time. I can’t help feeling that Leo was very happy to see Pogacar on the podium as the winner. But I’ve seen much worse things happen in racing in the past. Be that as it may, Pogacar would always have won this Amstel Gold Race.”
George Hincapie clearly disagrees with his former sports director at US Postal and ends the discussion with a sneer. “It is completely unacceptable. Why does that car have to pass there and then drive right in front of the leader? It does not make any sense!”