Amstel Gold Race 2017: The cunning and guile of Philippe Gilbert

Starting Ardennes Week off with a bang, Philippe Gilbert and Michal Kwiatkowski rode under the flamme rouge together with time in hand to play cat-and-mouse until PhilGil, seemingly too far back after Kwiat’s final attack, went right past the Sky rider, turned to look at him, then gave a cheeky smile and began to celebrate as he rolled over the line to take his fourth Amstel title. Third step of the podium went to Orica-Scott’s Michael Albasini. 
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Tour of Flanders 2017 : Rivera sprints; Gilbert solos; fans win

The twists and turns of this season just keep coming. Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) took the biggest win of her career – and became the first American to win Ronde Van Vlaanderen – by being part of a chase group that caught the break in the final kilometre to set up a tight bunch sprint for the line. And Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) did the opposite – finding himself with a gap on the crest of the Oude Kwaremont 55km from the finish, he set out on an impossible dream that led to the reality of one of the most thrilling solo wins in the race’s history.
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