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Jelle Vanendert 2nd in Amstel Gold Race

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Jelle Vanendert 2nd in Amstel Gold Race ©René Michel

Monday, April 21, 2014, Jelle Vanendert finished second in the Amstel Gold Race. Only Philippe Gilbert was doing better. In the Amstel Gold Race of 2012 was Jelle also second.

Early in the race there was a breakaway of 10 riders with Pim Ligthart of Lotto- Belisol. The breakaway got a maximum lead of nearly 15 minutes. This leading group remained long in front, the last rider was taken back in the last 10 kilometers.

Jelle Vanendert started badly, at the start of the race he already crashed. Jelle Vanendert: "The competition has started bad for me, I crashed after about 40 kilometers, I hit my knee and had quite a lot of pain. At that moment I was not sure I would finish the race. Eventually I was able to proceed. During the last 60 to 50 kilometers, I took my place in front of the peloton. The teams tactics were according plan. Pim Ligthart was in the breakaway and Tim Wellens followed the attacks of the strong teams. My brother Dennis helped me in the final of the race."

The riders of Lotto - Belisol were constantly at the front of the race. Tim Wellens drove attentive and jumped along with several breakaway attempts. Dennis kept Jelle Vanendert well in front and worked hard for his brother. Dennis was well into the final of the race.

On the last climb of the Cauberg Australian champion Simon Gerrans was the first to attack. Philippe Gilbert took over and went for his third win in the Amstel Gold Race. In the 1.8-kilometer stretch between the top of the Cauberg and finish, Jelle attacked and rode away from the first group of pursuers and finished at an excellent second place. Simon Gerrans was third.

Jelle Vanendert : "My ideal scenario was that we would reach the top of the Cauberg with a small group and that I could attack when others hesitated, only Gilbert thwarted my plan, I attacked after the Cauberg and I became second like in 2012. This is a confirmation of my good form, I 'm back where I want to be. For me, this result is not unexpected after all the hard work. My season did not start good with an elbow injury I got in the Tour de San Luis. Consequently, I did not ride in Paris -Nice on my full strength. This second place is a nice reward. The Fleche Wallonne and Liege - Bastogne- Liege are the next races. The wall of Huy is very steep and requires explosiveness. I think others will be better in that race, but Liege suits me more, although I was fourth in the Fleche Wallonne two years ago."


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