- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 20 April 2009
Press Release: The 34 year old Russian cyclist has set the 44th edition of the Amstel Gold Race behind his name. In the endsprint on the Cauberg Hill the in Belgium living Russian from Team Katusha beated the Dutchman Karsten Kroon, in the important decision making last meters of the race. Another Dutchman, Robert Gesink, ended third.
The three riders attacked on the Keutenberg Hill, twelve kilometers from the finishline. Not far from the start of the climb of the Cauberg Hill, the main leader of the Rabobank cycling, Robert Gesink, team had to let them go. In the climbing endsprint Karsten Kroon wasn’t strong enough for the Russian, who already ended second in 2002. Then the Italian Michele Bartoli proved to be stronger and won.
Former winner Frank Schleck suffered a fall along with Silence Lotto rider Matthew Lloyd, both were attended to by medical staff before being placed in neck braces and taken to hospital. Bjarne Riis, obviously worried about Schleck accompanied him to hospital. Schleck suffered a severe concussion and some bruises, but there is nothing broken.
1 154 RUS – IVANOV, Sergei KAT 6:38:31
2 172 NED – KROON, Karsten SAX
3 122 NED – GESINK, Robert RAB +0:08
4 133 BEL – GILBERT, Phillippe SIL
5 1 ITA – CUNEGO, Damiano LAM
6 171 RUS – KOLOBNEV, Alexandr SAX
7 182 AUS – GERRANS, Simon CTT
8 125 BEL – NUYENS, Nick RAB
9 158 AUT – PFANNBERGER, Christian KAT
10 174 LUX – SCHLECK, Andy SAX