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Michael Valgren sprints to impressive victory at Amstel Gold Race

Valgren sprints to impressive victory at Amstel Gold Race
By Eurosport

15/04/2018 at 15:56Updated 15/04/2018 at 22:59

Michael Valgren (Astana) beat Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) to the line to claim the Amstel Gold Race 2018.

The 26-year-old Dane made a decisive move 2km from home, breaking clear of the eight-man leading group.

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Kreuziger and Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida) joined the Astana rider up the road, and while 2013 winner Kreuziger lurked on Valgren’s wheel, the Dane launched a sprint that neither rider could match.

“It was a hard start and then the breakaway got a really big gap, but we had Laurens de Vreese in the front to close this gap, he did a great job,” said Valgren.

“The other riders kept me out of trouble, it was perfect teamwork during the whole day.”

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“In the final Jakob Fuglsang worked hard for me, he made all the other riders tired and after that I could attack and I’m happy that I could finish it like this.”

AMSTEL GOLD RACE 2018 RESULT

1 Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team, in 6-40-07

2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott, same time

3 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 2s

4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 19s

5 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team

6 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal

7 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors, all same time

8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team, at 23s

9 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac, at 30s

10 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal, at 36s

With additional reporting from agancies

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