Top 10 Photos: Amstel Gold

(Photos: Bettini)

This year’s first of the three Ardennes Classics kicked off with Amstel Gold and, true to form, produced some incredible racing action and an exciting finish. A large group of riders came to the finish line together, which resulted in a massive bunch sprint. Who won? Scroll down through our selection of the day’s best photos to find out!

The pro peloton gets ready to roll out at the 2015 edition of Amstel Gold.
The pro peloton gets ready to roll out at the 2015 edition of Amstel Gold.
Beautiful countryside abounds in the Ardennes region.
Beautiful countryside abounds in the Ardennes region.
BMC's Marcus Burghardt leads the descent.
BMC’s Marcus Burghardt leads the descent.
Narrow roads are a staple of European racing.
Narrow roads are a staple of European racing.
One of the pre-race favorites, Cannondale-Garmin's Dan Martin, didn't have his best day on the bike, finishing well off the podium.
One of the pre-race favorites, Cannondale-Garmin’s Dan Martin, didn’t have his best day on the bike, finishing well off the podium.
The forests of the Ardennes region are among the most iconic landscapes in professional cycling.
The forests of the Ardennes region are among the most iconic landscapes in professional cycling.
The short, steep climbs of Amstel Gold make for crowded racing.
The short, steep climbs of Amstel Gold make for crowded racing.
BMC's Philippe Gilbert and Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Matthews have a go at victory at Amstel Gold.
BMC’s Philippe Gilbert and Orica-GreenEdge’s Michael Matthews have a go at victory at Amstel Gold.
World Road Race Champion Michal Kwiatkowski would not be denied on the day, taking an impressive win.
World Road Race Champion Michal Kwiatkowski would not be denied on the day, taking an impressive win.
Your 2015 Amstel Gold podium (left to right): Alejandro Valverde (3rd), Michal Kwiatkowski (1st), Michael Matthews (2nd).
Your 2015 Amstel Gold podium (left to right): Alejandro Valverde (2nd), Michal Kwiatkowski (1st), Michael Matthews (3rd).

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