A feisty performance from Bauke Mollema in Amstel Gold Race

Mollema shows his form's on track for his biggest goal in May.

There were plenty of efforts worthy of the win in Amstel Gold Race, but in the end, one man overturned them all with an incredible and thrilling ending that will be talked about for years.

While Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) stole the show this year in a highly entertaining race that came together in the final meters, Bauke Mollema finished last of the 12-rider group that arrived at the line – completely gassed from his earlier attack, but content.

“I felt good all day. In the finale on all the climbs, I could stay in the front,” said Mollema. “I felt good on the climbs, even better than the last years. With 15kms to go, when we passed the finish line for the last lap, I attacked and gave everything. I went away with Simon Clarke but then the others came back to us in the last 3kms. After that I was a bit tired; the legs were empty, and I had nothing left for the sprint anymore.”

Simon Clarke (EF-Education First) and Jacob Fuglsang (Astana) rounded out the podium.

 

 

 

Bauke Mollema and Simon Clarke on the attack.

It was a thrilling sprint with Mathieu van der Poel surprising everyone.

Even himself.

Toms Skujins was in the mix until the final attacks further shredded the lead group. He went on to finish in 23rd place.

I think the form is good and I am looking forward to Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday – in the last few years, it has been a race that has suited me a little bit better than Amstel.

- Bauke Mollema

The peloton during the 54th Amstel Gold Race.

Julien Bernard was part of the day's breakaway.

The escape group led by Julien Bernard.