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Philippe Gilbert's three fingers in the air reminded everyone this was his third victory at Amstel Gold Race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Philippe Gilbert's three fingers in the air reminded everyone this was his third victory at Amstel Gold Race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Gilbert Solos To Win Amstel Gold Race

20. April 2014

BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert soloed to victory Sunday at Amstel Gold Race to win for the third time in five years.

Attack On The Cauberg
On the same finish where he soloed to win the 2012 world road title, Gilbert put in a vicious attack the fourth and final time up the Cauberg climb. In the clear over the top, he powered his BMC teammachine SLR01 to a gap that kept growing until he started celebrating in the final 50 meters of the 251.4-kilometer race. "This was a particularly emotional win for me," Gilbert said. "My wife and my kids were here for the first time in two years. So to win will be something they will never forget. I have been dreaming of this." Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) was runner-up five seconds later and Simon Gerrans (ORICA-GreenEDGE) finished third. Also a winner here in 2010 and 2011, Gilbert's victory was his second straight after holding off Michael Matthews (ORICA-GreenEDGE) Wednesday at Brabantse Pijl. BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the performance re-confirms the importance of the hard work the team put in during its winter training. "This victory was a result of perfectly-executed strategy and 100 percent delivery by the team of that strategy, from start to finish," he said. "I give full compliments to everybody: the riders, managers, staff, all the way down the line."

Total Team Effort
The entirety of the BMC Racing Team played a part in the team's ninth win of the season. Past Olympic road race champion Samuel Sánchez attacked at the foot of the Cauberg to set up Gilbert's winning move after Marcus Burghardt escorted him into a forward position on the descent leading to the climb. Earlier, Greg Van Avermaet covered an attack by Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) with 39 km to go in a move that was not brought back until seven kilometers remained. And Ben Hermans, Dominik Nerz, Michael Schär and Peter Velits all contributed to the chase of the day's breakaway when its gap peaked at nearly 13 minutes after about 100 kilometers. "My teammates really did a great job before the final ascension of the Cauberg," Gilbert said. "They all did a very good job to place me in the best position. During the briefing, it was planned for Samuel to do an attack at the foot of the Cauberg. It was not a surprise for me, but I think it was one for my adversaries. I only had to wait for the best moment to attack. And I did that when it was most difficult and hurting for everyone."

Listen to complete comments from Gilbert (Dutch, English and Italian) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

Visit the BMC Racing Team Flickr gallery to see photos from the race.