Michael Valgren (Astana) took victory at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday in impressive fashion, edging out Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) in a two-man sprint.
The win marks the fair-haired Dane’s second Classics win of the season after his victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February. An in-form Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) had to settle for fourth place ahead of rivals and pre-race favourites Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in fifth and seventh, respectively.
Superbly assisted by teammate, Jakob Fuglsang, who ensured Astana were the only team with two riders in the closing kilometres, Valgren split from the lead group which included Sagan, Valverde and Alaphilippe with around 2.5km to go. He was soon joined by Kreuziger with a determined Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida), two-time winner of the race, also in pursuit a couple of seconds behind.
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Valgren and Kreuziger managed to keep enough of a gap for the pair to duel it out towards the line. Kreuziger decided to launch his attack with a little over 100 metres to go but it proved too early for the plucky Czech as Valgren’s impeccable timing saw him power home from 50 metres out.
A group of four, including Sagan, Valverde, Alaphilippe and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), battled it out for fourth place with Sagan coming out on top.