Mathieu van der Poel ambushes Alaphilippe to win Amstel Gold Race 2019

The Dutchman left it late to catch the front of the race and take a remarkable victory

Mathieu van der Poel wins Amstel Gold Race 2019 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Mathieu van der Poel won an extraordinary sprint finish in the Amstel Gold Race 2019, leaving it until the finishing straight to catch up to the front of the race before sprinting ahead to take his first ever Ardennes Classics victory.

Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang had looked like they would fight it out between themselves, opening up a 40 second advantage with 3km to go. That was before Van der Poel led a large group seemingly from nowhere back to the business end of the race before sprinting for the win.

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