Russian wins the Amstel Gold

Cycling: Ivanov wins Amstel Gold Race
Posted: 19 April 2009 2343 hrs

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Sergei Ivanov of Russia holds the trophy after winning the Amstel Gold cycling race.




VALKENBURG, The Netherlands: Russian cyclist Sergei Ivanov won the one day classic Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, a 257 kilometres ride from Maastricht to here.

The 34-year-old Russian national champion – second in the 2002 renewal – beat home two Dutch riders in the shape of Karsten Kroon and Robert Gesink.

Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert took fourth while last year’s winner Damiano Cunego of Italy was fifth.

Cunego at least fared better than the 2006 winner Frank Schleck, who suffered a heavy fall.

The Luxemburg national champion – second last year – fell whilst 70 kilometres from the finish along with Australian Matthew Lloyd.

Both cyclists remained prone on the ground and were fitted with surgical collars around their necks before being taken to hospital.

According to his team Schleck never lost consciousness.

He was accompanied to hospital by team manager Bjarne Riis to undergo tests to ascertain whether he had damaged his back. – AFP/de


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