Coming after Paris-Roubaix, the Amstel Gold Race feels like the sequel to a blockbuster movie. The backdrop has changed slightly but the basic plot remains the same. The cast list has been tweaked a bit – Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet keep their starring roles but Julian Alaphilippe and Alejandro Valverde come in to freshen things up. But it was Astana’s Michael Valgren who took the win ahead of past winners Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) and Enrico Gasparotto of Bahrain-Merida. With all the vital action contained in the last 20km, we had to wait for the pot to boil. If you like an absorbing battle, it was worth the wait.
What can you say about a race like Roubaix? Well, quite a lot, actually – and we’ve got it here! We look at the new bromance between Peter Sagan and Silvan Dillier, reactions of other riders to the race, lots of pictures of muddied kit and faces … and so much more. Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
The past two weeks of racing have been full gas – and we loved every minute of it … well, except for Euan, who took an Eeyore-like attitude towards a certain cobbled classic… With the welcome return of Panache and his Thomas De Gendt mancrush, the banter was electric as Midge went full-Dane, Kathi made wild yet compelling claims of Tom Boonen‘s hand in Peter Sagan‘s Roubaix win and Euan got downright effervescent over Itzulia.