Tadej Pogacar solos to Amstel Gold Victory
In a repeat of Flanders, Tadej pogacar proves yet again that he's in a class by himself
It’s hard not to run out of superlatives when describing Tadej Pogacar and his win at today’s Amstel Gold is yet another example of why.
Despite not participating in this race for the past four years, the champion of the UAE team put his stamp on it in a way only he can, splitting the race into four groups with a blistering attack that began with 28.5 km to go that just kept going.
Tom Pidcock of Ineos-Greneiers, in his best performance since his epic win in Strade Bianche worked with Ben Healy of EF Education as the pair struggled to hang on, but it soon became clear that they were racing for second or third.
Ben Healy, in one of the best performances of his career, decided that second place was his, with 13.5km he attacked, and dropped Pidcock off his wheel to ride away chasing Pogacar.
But Tadej, showed no signs of fatigue. With about 5 km to go, he started to smile. He must have known by then that he would soon be on top of the podium as one of the youngest winners of Amstel Gold.
When he rolled over the line, Ben Healy was about 40 seconds behind him in second. Tom Pidcock rounded out the podium with third place.
Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) won the women's race.
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2023 Amstel Gold Top 10 Men
1 POGACAR Tadej UAE Team Emirates 6:02:02
2 HEALY Ben EF Education-EasyPost 0:38
3 PIDCOCK Thomas INEOS Grenadiers 2:14
4 KRON Andreas Lotto Dstny 2:14
5 LUTSENKO Alexey Astana Qazaqstan Team 2:14
6 BAGIOLI Andrea Soudal - Quick Step 3:14
7 VAN GILS Maxim Lotto Dstny 3:14
8 SKJELMOSE Mattias Trek - Segafredo 3:14
9 KAMP Alexander Tudor Pro Cycling Team 3:14
10 ZINGLE Axel Cofidis 3:14