A crash in the on the Fromberg involving both Michael Matthews and Wilco Kelderman saw Team Sunweb unable to go for a result at the 52nd edition of Amstel Gold Race today.
As an early breakaway of 12 riders went on to take a lead of eight minutes, Team Sunweb took the reigns at the head of the bunch controlling the pace in the peloton for the duration of the race. As the kilometres ticked down, the efforts from the team began to be noticed with the gap falling significantly. The race came back together with 40km to go and almost immediately an attack came from six riders. Warren Barguil was involved in the chase group whilst Michael and Wilco, both caught up in a crash, were 30 seconds behind and missed the race decisive move. Michael’s group managed to bridge across to Warren’s chasing bunch, with the winner of the race coming from the leading group of six. Michael finished the day in 10th place.
After the race, Roy Curvers said: “It was a tough race today. There was a lot of wind which made everyone really suffer in the first 200km. It was really unfortunate for both Wilco and Michael to end up in a crash so close to the finish. At Amstel Gold Race everything has to be 100% and you need a little bit of luck. In the end we did everything that we could and we should learn from this, not be too disappointed and move forward.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “The team were there to support Michael throughout the day. We were really unlucky with the crash of both Michael and Wilco, it also meant that we had to sacrifice Sam and Simon to bring Michael back. By the time Michael rejoined the bunch the break of six had gone. Warren managed to bridge across to the first chase group but it was more to control things from our perspective at the front. It was a really unlucky day with all of the crashes.”