In April curves cycling calendar year with the big spring classics.After the hilly classics peloton to the mountains of Amsteld Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogn-Liège. The question was about the top favorite Philippe Gilbert status in these contests that could do?
Amstel Gold Race
On April 17, 2011, the 46th edition of the Amstel Gold Race by.With seventeen victories in the past, the Dutch always did very well at home, but it was doubtful whether a compatriot in a serious bid could do to win. Top favorite was undoubtedly the 2010 winner Philippe Gilbert, who in Brabantse Pijl had shown his class was good.
The competition began in earnest on Eyserbosweg when Kolobnev first favorite from his pen, and once shook the tree. Tried Joaquim Rodriguez to Keutenberg, but did not.As a result of his instruments were the first group, but already thinned called?? s twenty riders. Moreover, it is Robert Gesink and Johnny Hoogerland ?? Would that be right?
When Andy Schleck after a sharp spurt had so?? s twenty seconds before the chase group, Philippe Gilbert liked it enough. In the descent towards the final climb did Waal himself the head of the chasing group and he saw that the management of the younger of the brothers Schleck called?? s ten seconds shrunk. When glimpsed the Cauberg for riders of??
On the final climb, Andy Schleck fell silent, and he saw Rodriguez and Gilbert beyond competing. The defending champions turned on, the Spaniard dropped immediately on the spot and drove to his second consecutive victory in the Amstel Gold Race. Rodriguez could not help but to bow his head and finished second, Simon Gerrans. Robert Gesink was the best Dutchman in ninth place, but he had never made a real chance of victory. The Dutch public had really hoped for another winner, but had to admit that Gilbert was also a wonderful winner.
The Flèche Wallonne is true for many years as the middle of three hilly classic, as well as the least important. But it does not change the fact that the honor roll is filled with big names, showing that this course has always been important enough to blow him try to win.
In the 75th edition of the Flèche Wallonne placed newcomer on the Wall of Huy. With a maximum gradient of 22 percent, it is a pitch where the best climbers almost always appeared. Therefore, it is not the winner of the Amstel Gold Race?? Philippe Gilbert?? was the top favorite, but riders like Joaquim Rodriguez, Alberto Contador and Samuel Sanchez were expected on the scene.
Which is usually the case in the Fleche Wallonne was also the 2011 edition only decided on the final climb, the Mur de Huy. At the time the peloton arrived reason there are two riders ahead Jérôme Pineau and Marco MARCATO. The duo was caught behind soon, and then left behind.
The Spaniards were ready to turn in the last few hundred meters, but Gilbert had everything and nothing. He accelerated so?? s 300 meters from the line, and no one could follow him. Daniel Moreno seemed equally Rodriguez to bring back to Gilbert, but it was not true. Vallon winner won much to his own surprise, after the Amstel Gold Race, the Flèche Wallonne too. The game in which he had said that he would never be able to win??
Behind Gilbert sprinted Joaquim Rodriguez, who a few days earlier, on the second place. Samuel Sánchez Close behind was third across the line, Vinokourov and Anton.
For the 97th time the peloton started in Liege, before the biggest hill classic Liege?? Bastogne?? Liege. Belgian fans were hoping of course for a victory of their hero Philippe Gilbert, who by winning the Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race and the Flèche Wallonne with winning Liege?? Bastogne?? Liege’s history would write. He was just like a year ago as the top favorite to start, but then he betrayed himself for a ride when Vinokourov and Kolobnev have fled.
In 2011, Gilbert was keen not to let themselves be surprised. He had checked his teammates in front of the pack, who ensured that the early break never saw greater their lead three minutes. Gilbert sat at ease behind his teammates and waited patiently for the final.
Gilbert before he could do anything it was the brothers Schleck accelerated together. Gilbert went smoothly together in the wheel, but otherwise no one followed. The three rushed away from the rest of the pack, and picked up the remaining escapees on. Of them could only Van Avermaet hitching, Saint-Nicolas.
On the last hill before the finish, the Côte de Saint-Nicolas, Gilbert turned on. Fränk Schleck was able to follow with great difficulty, but his brother Andy had to fit. Van Avermaet was parked, and would not participate in the prices??
Because Fränk refused to take over his brother managed to rejoin the front. Gilbert sat with the Schleck brothers first, with less than five kilometers biking. There were no serious hill anymore, so Gilbert sat in a chair. In a sprint, he was Luxembourg with two fingers in the nose can beat.
Andy and Frank, but insisted no more, and the three leaders went along through the last corner. Gilbert took the cup, and immediately after the turn he turned on. He sprinted Andy and Frank easily from the bike wheel, and booked as a major victory in Liege?? Bastogne?? Liege. Philippe Gilbert was undoubtedly the king of spring, with victory in all the hilly classics, third place in Milan?? San Remo and the ninth in the Tour of Flanders.