In a sensational display, Tadej Pogacar, the 24-year-old Slovenian cyclist from UAE Emirates, won the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. With 28 kilometers to go, he left his last rivals behind and soloed to victory in this Dutch hilly classic.
The decisive attack took place on the Keutenberg, where Pogacar’s acceleration proved too strong for his breakaway companions Ben Healy and Tom Pidcock, who finished second and third respectively. This is Pogacar’s second major classic win this season, having won the Tour of Flanders two weeks ago by beating Mathieu van der Poel.
Van der Poel, the winner of the Gold Race in 2019, did not participate in the race in Limburg this year. Pascal Eenkhoorn, riding for the Belgian team Lotto Dstny, finished as the best Dutchman in eighteenth place.
Pogacar follows in the footsteps of Michal Kwiatkowski, the Polish cyclist who won his second Amstel Gold Race last year. In a thrilling sprint he then defeated Benoît Cosnefroy, who was initially declared the winner before the race management, after examining the finish photo, had to review the decision.