Amstel Gold Race: Cosnefroy’s bitter blonde, declared winner then… second

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The Frenchman, after a very tight sprint against Kwiatkowski, believed in victory. The photo-finish finally served a second Amstel to the Pole.

At the end of the ceremonial ceremony, a waitress, blonde of course, comes to serve her round of Amstel. While Benoot savors in small sips, Benoît Cosnefroy and Michal Kwiatkowski embark on a new duel of thirsty people. For a few millilitres, the Frenchman, beaten by a few millimeters by the Pole on the bike, won at the “counter”. He would have preferred the opposite.
Like a year earlier (Van Aert ahead of Pidcock) the Dutch classic was played out on the wire. The organizers (or the marshals?) after a long and uncertain wait had the (very) bad idea of ​​announcing the success of the AG2R-Citroën rider before rectifying thanks to the photo-finish and “giving back” to Kwiat , released at the bell after the ultimate Cauberg, his second Amstel (the first in 2015).

Content anyway

Imagine everything that could have gone through the mind of the unforgettable winner of Rocamadour on the Route d’Occitanie-La Dépêche du Midi 2020, the only one to be able to join the former world champion in the Geulhemmerberg. Already second, this same year marked by the Covid, of the Flèche Wallonne (beaten by Hirschi) and of Paris-Tours (by Casper Pedersen), the partner of Lilian Calmejane (who we saw discussing, incredulous with Van Avermaet and Godon after this incredible episode) had only been beaten by the young Kooij on Friday at the Circuit de la Sarthe. It promises for the other Ardennes, but in the meantime, we will have to digest this real Limburg false happiness. “I’m happy to get on the box,” he slips. Really content?

Sub-Macron

A whole region was waiting for a new recital by Mathieu Van der Poel. A week after his second Round. He seemed blunt, in any case not strong enough, to isolate himself and oppose the skilful maneuvers of the Ineos. He finished, however, at the foot of the podium. A podium that France finds, 41 years after the triumph of Bernard Hinault. “Under Giscard” we were told yesterday, Cosnefroy ended the long wait under… Macron. And then a new Top 20 for Quentin Pacher (18th), still in shape and success for the Italian Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine) among the girls.

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