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Philippe Gilbert attacked out of the peloton the last time up the Cauberg. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert attacked out of the peloton the last time up the Cauberg. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

BMC Racing Team's Gilbert Fifth At Amstel Gold Race

14. April 2013

Philippe Gilbert finished fifth for the BMC Racing Team Sunday at Amstel Gold Race after furiously chasing solo winner Roman Kreuziger (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) up the final climb.

Gap Was Too Large
Kreuziger attacked a small group with seven kilometers to go in the 251.8 km race that was run in sunshine and warm temperatures. Gilbert charged out of the peloton at the base of the Cauberg, but the world road champion and a small group of chasers could not close the gap as Kreuziger won by 22 seconds. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) finished second, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) was third and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) edged Gilbert for fourth. "It was hard at the end, there was a lot of wind and we were only with three from our team," Gilbert said. "I tried it at the Cauberg. But it wasn't enough; they came back and I just missed the podium."

Gilbert Caught In Crash
Gilbert had a bit of a scare with about 90 km to go when a pile-up split the peloton. Though he was unhurt, Gilbert needed a new BMC and, with the help of several teammates, eventually rejoined the peloton after a chase of more than 15 kilometers. "It took a lot of work," BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. "We lost two or three riders in the process. The gap gets quite large when you're on the ground and need a bike change. It's not like 30 seconds – it was more like two minutes."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Gilbert (in Dutch, English and French), Ochowicz and Greg Van Avermaet (in Dutch) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.