Narrow second for Pidcock at Amstel Gold

18 Apr 2021

Narrow second for Pidcock at Amstel Gold

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Amstel Gold Race, 218.6km

Tom Pidcock came within millimetres of victory at Amstel Gold after a strong and attacking race from the INEOS Grenadiers.

Pidcock was denied a second victory in a week by the narrowest of margins, with Wout Van Aert taking the win following a photo finish in Limburg.

Pidcock launched a move on the final lap and headed into the final kilometre alongside Van Aert and Maximilian Schachmann. Launching his sprint, Pidcock came off the wheel of Van Aert and almost came through to take a famous victory.

Instead the result equalled the team's best in the Ardennes opener, previously taken by Michal Kwiatkowski in 2017. The Pole was again in the thick of the action, launching a solo move after he, Pidcock and Richard Carapaz had all pushed on up the road up the final passage of the Cauberg.

Present in the chasing group, Kwiato finished ninth on the day - just one of a number of impressive performers on the team. Dylan van Baarle was also extremely active, launching multiple attacks as the racing intensified.
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- Tom Pidcock

"I should have started first because I was faster. That is a great learning moment," he said to NOS.

"I gave Wout a small gap for the sprint, but we were too close to the finish. I was too far behind him and should have stayed in his wheel.

"I did ride a good race. I think I was the strongest in the race and I am happy with that feeling. But it’s frustrating that the difference is so small."
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Final result:

1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 5:03:27
2. Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
3. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +2"
4. Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) s.t.
5. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
9. Michal Kwiatkowski (INEOS Grenadiers)