Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert’s winning streak shows no signs of stopping in the spring classics.
Not content with a win at the Tour of Flanders, the former world champion has now gained a fourth Amstel Gold Race title in the Dutch classic.
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PhilippeGilbert</a> de beste tijdens de Amstel Gold Race! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGR17?src=hash">#AGR17</a> <a href="https://t.co/1mabVN98Dt">pic.twitter.com/1mabVN98Dt</a></p>— Amstel Gold Race (Amstelgoldrace) April 16, 2017
The Quick-Step rider managed to beat another former race winner, Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatowski in a sprint for the line.
A twelve rider breakaway dominated much of the race which saw the riders face the historic Cauberg climb three times.
But the last climb of the day was the gentler Bemeleberg with around five kilometres remaining.
Gilbert and Kwiatowski broke away from a leading group of seven riders on the climb and after two hundred and sixty four kilometres in the saddle.
Gilbert stayed on the Pole’s wheel when he launched his sprint two hundred metres from the line.
Then, in the last fifty metres Gilbert edged past to take first place.