A special Easter Sunday for the women’s peloton. After being discontinued for years, the Amstel Gold Race was back on the women’s calendar. Kasia Niewiadoma delivered WM3 Pro Cycling a podium place earlier this afternoon. Our Polish rider shared a third place. Anna van der Breggen rode solo to victory in Berg en Terblijt. “We show that we have been growing as a team, we are improving with each race”, says DS Jeroen Blijlevens.
WM3 Pro Cycling demonstrated very well in the Dutch classic. The whole team was very well positioned at the front for a long time. In the last lap of 18.5 kilometers, Kasia was part of a leading group with Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longo Borghini. “Kasia attacked on that spot, as planned”, says Jeroen Blijlevens. Van Vleuten closed the gap on the Bemelerberg with van der Breggen in her slipstream. After the summit, the latter took off on her own.
Kasia, whom - as Marianne Vos – was riding on a newer and lighter race bike (Ridley Aura SLX), was not capable of closing the gap, even though she bravely tried again on the Cauberg, at 1.5 kilometers from the finish line. Kasia sprinted in the chasing group to a shared third spot with Van Vleuten, as the photo finish could not be decisive. “Special, but not unique. The same happened to me in the Tour de Luxemburg with Robbie McEwen”, says Jeroen Blijlevens.
The women’s edition of the Amstel Gold Race returned on the calendar after being absent for 14 years. The race through Limburg, as part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, was introduced in 2001 for 3 consecutive years. “The Amstel Gold Race is undoubtedly an added value: a solid organisation, a beautiful route and many enthusiastic fans. I think we have given the spectators an exciting race on this Easter Sunday.”