Wout van Aert won the Amstel Gold Race for the first time in his career on Sunday.

The Belgian from Jumbo-Visma beat Thomas Pidcock in the streets of Vilt in a millimeter sprint.

Due to the corona measures, the Amstel Gold Race was not held criss-cross through the hills of South Limburg as usual, but on a closed course between Valkenburg and Maastricht.

With a total distance of 220 kilometers, the total distance was approximately 40 kilometers shorter than normal.

Mathieu van der Poel chose not to defend his title.

The Dutch champion will focus on mountain biking in the coming period, hoping to win a medal in that part at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Van der Poel won the Amstel Gold Race in 2019, last year the course of the pandemic could not continue.

Earlier in the day there was Dutch success among the women.

Marianne Vos was just ahead of fellow countryman Demi Vollering in a sprint.