Amstel Gold Race 2016 / 17 April / Maastricht-Vilt
The Amstel Gold Race started in the centre of Maastricht. At 9 o’clock in the morning, the buses of all the teams arrived. Before the race all the teams were presented on a podium on the Grote Markt. It is the only Dutch classic and therefore many people in Holland travel all the way to the south of Limburg to cheer for the riders. Not only in Maastricht, but on the whole course many fans are cheering on the riders. It is particularly crowded on the Cauberg in Valkenburg, where the riders pass four times before they finish in Vilt.
The breakaway of the day consisted of 11 riders: Laurens De Vreese (AST), Tom Devriendt (WGG), Laurent Didier (TFS), Alex Howes (CPT), Matteo Montaguti (AGR), Matteo Bono (LAM), Kévin Réza (FDJ), Larry Warbasse (IAM), Josef Cerny (CCC), Fabien Grellier (DEN) and Giacomo Berlato (NIP). Orica-GreenEdge and Team Sky were at the front of the peloton for most of the day to chase down the breakaway.
At 65 kilometres from the finish, a group of riders tried to get away and ride to the few riders that were still in front. This group included Tosh Van Der Sande (LTS), Gianni Meersman (EQS), Niccolo Bonifazio (TSF) and Bjorn Thurau (WGG). With 30 kilometres to go the peloton chased them down and also caught the riders of the early breakaway. Tim Wellens (LTS) tried to escape on the Bemelerberg, but the small peloton caught him on the last climb of the Cauberg. Enrico Gasparotto (WGG) was the strongest rider on the Cauberg, managed to cross the finish line first in Vilt, and win the 51th edition of the Amstel Gold Race.
Enrico Gasparotto (WGG) won the Amstel Gold Race for the second time in his career. In 2012 he also proved to be the strongest attacker on the Cauberg. He dedicated his victory to his deceased teammate Antoine Demoitié. Michael Valgren (TNK) became second, just after Gasparotto. Sonny Colbrelli (BAR) won the sprint of the peloton and became third.