Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski won the Amstel Gold classic on Sunday for the second time in his career after being judged the winner following a thrilling photo finish with France’s Benoit Cosnefroy. Ineos Grenadiers rider Kwiatkowski’s strong finish to the line snatched victory to add to his success in the 2015 edition of the Dutch one-day classic. It was a frustrating finish for Cosnefroy, riding for AG2R Citroen, who organizers had initially declared winner of the 157 mile race in the hills of South Limburg. Last year’s race was also a photo finish with Belgian Wout van Aert pipping Briton Tom Pidcock, a teammate of Kwiatkowski.

The race sprung to life in Keutenberg, 20 miles from the finish line, where the Ineos team led by Kwiatkowski and Pidcock led a group of eleven riders. Kwiatkowski, 31, broke away with 13 miles to go, followed a few minutes later by 26-year-old Cosnefroy, who joined him 11 miles from the finish, on the penultimate ascent. Behind Belgian Tiejs Benoot came out on the counter-attack in the final sprint to finish third ahead of race favorite Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel. Kwiatkowski, the world champion in 2014, took the 29th success of his career.

Michal Kwiatkowski (POL – INEOS Grenadiers)


1 Michał KWIATKOWSKI INEOS Grenadiers 6:01:19
2 Benoit COSNEFROY AG2R Citroën Team 0:00
3 Tiesj BENOOT Jumbo-Visma 0:10
4 Mathieu VAN DER POEL Alpecin-Fenix 0:20
5 Alexander KAMP Trek – Segafredo 0:20
6 Kasper ASGREEN Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:20
7 Michael MATTHEWS Team BikeExchange – Jayco 0:20
8 Stefan KÜNG Groupama – FDJ 0:20
9 Marc HIRSCHI UAE Team Emirates 0:20
10 Dylan TEUNS Bahrain – Victorious 0:20


RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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