Belgium's Gilbert wins Amstel Gold
Belgium's Gilbert wins third Amstel Gold title with breakaway on final ascent
Associated Press
2014-04-20 11:22 PM

VALKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) -- Philippe Gilbert of Belgium has won the 49th annual Amstel Gold Race held in the hills of the southern Netherlands.

Racing for BMC, Gilbert broke away from the peloton about three kilometers (two miles) from the finish during the race's final steep ascent of the Cauberg hill, and then held on for victory as others narrowed the gap.

Sunday's win in the 251 kilometer race is Gilbert's third title, after victories in 2010 and 2011. He finished in an unofficial time of 6 hours, 25 minutes and 57 seconds.

Fellow Belgian Jelle Vanendert was second, and Australia's Simon Gerrans was third, with Alejandro Valverde finishing fourth.

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