Amstel Gold Race 2018

Well that was a weird start to Ardennes Week! When all the big teams get in a break it sticks! After the split at the top of Keutenberg, if was tough to get some proper ‘action’ shots as everyone seemed happy with the status quo. I spent a lot of time yoyo-ing between the escapees and the peloton but there wasn’t much going on until people tested their legs on the Cauberg. But the Limburg Hills looked beautiful in the Spring sunshine. I don’t know what fertilisers they use around there but the hills are crazy green.

Next stop Huy on Wednesday!

Clara Koppenburg in a playful mood ahead of Amstel Gold Race

Alexis Ryan looking focused in the crowds at sign on

Anouska Koster laughs at the crowds at sign on

Malgorzata Jasinska checks out the scene at sign on

Lisa Brennauer laughs with her teammates ahead of Amstel Gold Race

Pauline Ferrand Prevot on the first climb of the day

Peloton pass under the highway

A day with lots of ups and downs for the peloton

Amy Pieters leads as splits start to show in the peloton

Puck Moonen caught on the wrong side of a split

Mayuko Hagiwara battles up the Cauberg

Ellen van Dijk leads the chase

Nancy van der Burg

Weaving through open fields at Amstel Gold Race

The escapees battle up the Cauberg

Chantal Blaak attacks on the penultimate time up the Cauberg at Amstel Gold Race. Only Alexis Ryan can stay with her

Peloton watch on as Rozanne Slik has a dig

Audrey Cordon-Ragot makes the first move on the final time up the Cauberg

A Dutch World Champion, winning Amstel Gold. Must be a pretty special feeling

Chantal Blaak hugs her soigneur

Riejanne Markus was so happy her efforts were acknowledged with the combativity award

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