‘We made a huge mistake’: Fuglsang reacts to what could have been in the Amstel Gold Race 2019

Fuglsang and Alaphilippe looked set to battle it out for the win until they were ambushed by Mathieu van der Poel at the death

Jakob Fuglsang looks rounds at Julian Alaphilippe during the 2019 Amstel Gold Race (Photo by L'Équipe-Pool/Getty Images)

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Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has admitted to making "a huge mistake" as the Dane looked nailed on for one of the two top spots of the podium after going clear with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) before Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) came through in extraordinary fashion to snatch victory.

Fuglsang managed to hang on to third place on the podium, as Alaphilippe slipped to fourth, but said "the tactic was wrong to risk it" as the pair began to play cat and mouse after the Astana team car told them at 5km to go that no-one would catch them.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.