It was again the photo finish which decided the 2022 edition of the Amstel Gold Race that saw Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadier) take victory over Frenchman Cosnefroy in a heart-stopping sprint. For the second time in his career, the 2014 Ponferrada World Champion took this prestigious race with a powerful twist.

The attack on the legendary Cauberg was decisive, allowing him and the Frenchman to build up the necessary advantage to hit the finish line and compete for the victory in the sprint. 

It was a very hard finish,” Kwiatkowski said on the microphones. “I had confidence in myself but the last fifty meters were very difficult. The responsibility the team gave me was big and it was my duty to make the most of this opportunity. I've been through some complicated months after Covid and this victory is important, because it confirms that I can still perform at a high level and it repays me for all the hard work I did since the start of the season.

The Polish champion launched the winning sprint wearing the Wire 2 model by Sidi, which is characterized by an incredible mix of resistance and lightness, perfect for supporting the nervous changes of pace and the watts released during strong actions like the one seen yesterday on the finish line of Valkenburg. In fact, the ultra-light Vent Carbon sole, handmade in woven carbon fiber, is designed to maximize stiffness as it maintains  the right degree of flexibility needed to transfer at the best the power of pedaling.

For Sidi, this victory in the Dutch classic is a worthy end to an emotionally charged week in the Basque Country, where the athletes have enjoyed plenty of success. The third stage was won by home rider Pello Bilbao while Carlos Rodriguez conquered the fifth stage. Finally, a great performance by Daniel Martinez who, after his success in Zamudio in the fourth stage, also triumphed in the general classification, overturning a result that had almost been written. 

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