Simon Gerrans rounded out the podium at the Amstel Gold Race. The Australian National Champion matched his previous best result, making it three times third in Valkenburg. Gerrans’ acceleration up the Cauberg capped off a plan perfectly executed by his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates.
Michael Albasini took on the early chase work, cooperating with BMC, Movistar and eventually Omega Pharma - Quick-Step to peg back the breakaway. Pieter Weening featured in the late race chase. Following his catch, Weening took to the front of the bunch to keep the pace high for his teammates in the build-up to the finale. Simon Clarke delivered Gerrans to the base of the Cauberg in the best possible position to launch an attack.
“Everyone did their job today. We all did everything we could. We were beaten on by a stronger guy on the day. We couldn’t have done much more, so we have to be proud of that. Third time third – particularly with third last year – is a little disappointing. I would have loved to have improved my result. The goal was to win today, so anything less would always have felt like we had fallen a bit short but to finish on the podium of Amstel Gold is still a pretty satisfying result.” - Simon Gerrans
“The teamwork today was perfect. We were never under any pressure. Our plan worked, but the strongest guy won. We’re happy with the teamwork, and we’re happy with the result – third in a WorldTour event. I’m really proud of the team.” - Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage