Amstel Gold Race – False joy for Cosnefroy… the Amstel at Kwiatkowski!

Like last year, the winner of theAmstel Gold Race 2022 has been appointed. First declared victorious, Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën Team) – which has begun to celebrate its victory – experienced a vertiginous emotional lift since it is finally Michal Kwiatkowski (INEOS Grenadiers) who won this 56th edition, the Pole – already victorious in the Dutch classic in 2015 – having outstripped the Frenchman by a few millimeters after a two-man sprint. While he will be the third French rider to win theAmstel Gold Race after John Stablinsky in 1966 and Bernard Hinault in 1981, Cosnefroy must therefore settle for second place.

Video – Benoît Cosnefroy, 2nd in the 2022 Amstel God Race!

Mathieu van der Poel at the foot of the podium

Out of the group of pursuers in the last kilometer, Tiesj Benoot (Team Jumbo-Visma) took third place, while Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fénix) and Alexandre Camp (Trek-Segafredo) completed the top 5. Sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively, Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) and Marc Hirsch (UAE Team Emirates) were also involved in this 2022 edition.

Six runners in the lead, Campenaerts and Van Hooydonck manage to return, Turgis on the ground

Schelling Idea (BORA-hansgrohe), Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo), Luca Rastelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Owain Doull (EF Education-EasyPost), John Jacobs (Movistar Team) and Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise): here are the names of the six riders who make up the morning breakaway of this 56th Amstel Gold Race. A hundred kilometers from the finish, and while the gap between the breakaways and the peloton is around 3 minutes, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) and Nathan VanHooydonck (Team Jumbo-Visma) parent against.

Strong, the two Belgians only take about fifteen kilometers to get back to the leading group, to which they no longer belong Luca Rastelli, distance. It’s then Florian Senechal who is trying to get out of a peloton that has come back close to the head of the race, but the Frenchman from the The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team capitulates after a few kilometers of fruitless hunting. At 75 terminals from the goal, a fall occurs within the peloton, the two main riders involved Andrea Bagioli (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) and Antoine Turgis (Team TotalEnergies), the latter being unfortunately forced to retire.

The INEOS Grenadiers smoke things in hand, eleven runners escape

Over the kilometers, fatigue is felt within the leading group and some riders are left behind, which is the case ofSchelling Idea and Victor Campenaertsthen toEmils Liepins. 50 miles from the finish, the four leading runners – Doull, Van Hooydonck, Jacobs and Van Poucke – have only 30 seconds left on a peloton which has changed pace under the impetus of the team INEOS Grenadiers. Last survivor of the breakaway, Nathan VanHooydonck is picked up just after the top of theEyserbosweg, a climb in which took place a hell of a skimming within the peloton, around forty riders composing it less than 45 kilometers from Valkenburg.

In the Keutenberg, Michal Kwiatkowski takes over from Ben Turner and puts its leader into orbit Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers). But it’s finally Tiesj Benoot (Team Jumbo-Visma) who attacks first, the Belgian being followed by a dozen riders, in this case Benoit Cosnefroy (Team AG2R Citroën), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fénix), Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange-Jayo), Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Alexandre Camp (Trek-Segafredo), Marc Hirsch (UAE Team Emirates), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ), as well as pidcock and Kwiatkowski.

Kwiatkowski and Cosnefroy smoke the front, the Pole with a breath

At the foot of the Cauberg, 24 kilometers from the goal, these eleven men have a twenty-second lead over Tim Wellenwho has just emerged from a group of pursuers which include among others Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Valentin Madouas, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa-Samsic) and Dylan van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers). Nothing happens in the Cauberg, then Michal Kwiatkowski attack once the summit is crossed. He takes about fifteen seconds of margin on his former runaway companions, before seeing the return of Benoit Cosnefroycame out strong in the Geulhemmerberg.

Dylan Teuns then tries to come back alone on Cosnefroy and Kwiatkowskibut he does not succeed and is caught by the group Van der Poel. The understanding is good in the latter, but the leading duo is not flinching, quite the contrary, since they have a 25-second lead at the threshold of the last 10 kilometers. Under the panel of 5 terminals, this difference is estimated to be the same, and the two men can believe it. every 2 kilometers, Van der Poel places a big attack, but everyone follows, which suits the leading duo. Kwiatkowski and Cosnefroy is therefore explained for the victory, the Pole beating the Frenchman by nothing after the latter was named winner at first. Tiesj Benoot complete the podium.

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