Wout van Aert did not know for sure that he had won until long after the finish of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.

The leader of Jumbo-Visma beat Tom Pidcock with the smallest possible difference

After a thrilling sprint in South Limburg, Van Aert and Pidcock apparently crossed the finish line simultaneously.

The Belgian and the Briton did not immediately know who had won.

"After about twenty seconds we heard on the race radio that I was the winner, then we cheered", said Van Aert.

"But a minute later I saw the photo finish, and I really didn't see any difference."

Of course, Pidcock also saw that photo.

"I thought I had won," said the INEOS rider.

"But apparently the image was distorted, because I was closer to the camera than Wout. They just told me the difference was four thousandths of a second."

A result with Van Aert as the winner was published quite quickly, but it was stated that it was a "provisional result".

The Fleming reported himself as the likely winner at the podium, where he waited for a decision on the red hot seat.

"I was told five times that I had won, but I was still not 100 percent sure. It was only when the jury came to tell me that I was number one, I was really convinced," he said.

Ça a mis du temps à se decanter cette Amstel Gold Race.

Il ya eu ce marquage entre plusieurs équipes, puis ça a attaqué de partout dans la dernière montée du Cauberg.

Et finalement ... Ça s'est joué à ça entre Van Aert, vainqueur, et Pidcock.

# AGR21 #lesRP

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Avatar Author LPFrileux Moment of places 16:37 - April 18, 2021

Twelve top ten places in fourteen races

Van Aert rode the last race of his successful and especially very constant spring in Limburg.

He won four of the fourteen races he rode.

In addition, he finished twelve times in the top ten.

His 'worst' performance was thirteenth place.

Teammate Sam Oomen said he was deeply impressed by the Belgian's performance.

"Wout is a fascinating leader. Everyone knows by now that he is very good. But he is always there. Just try to get that done", said de Brabander.

"It is really admirable what he is showing again today. The funny thing is that I am not even surprised anymore, because he has already driven so many amazing races on the road and in the field."

Yet there was some criticism in his home country of Van Aert, who was unable to compete in the Tour of Flanders with Kasper Asgreen and Mathieu van der Poel and was 'only' sixth.

After his victory in the Gold Race, the 26-year-old rider settled with those critics.

"In Flanders, people were looking for an explanation for my so-called lesser form. But I think it was very simple: Asgreen and Van der Poel were better and I exploded when I tried to follow them."

You really don't just win a classic like the Tour of Flanders or the Gold Race, Van Aert wanted to say.

"That depends on so many details. Whether I am satisfied with my spring? Check my results, not many riders can tell me that, I think."

Wout van Aert on stage with Tom Pidcock and Maximilian Schahmann.

Wout van Aert on stage with Tom Pidcock and Maximilian Schahmann.

Photo: ANP

Oomen would like to see Van Aert drink beer

After his last race this spring, Van Aert takes some time for his family, before preparing for the Tour de France with a training camp in the Sierra Nevada with Jumbo-Visma.

"I'm really looking forward to a party tonight," said Van Aert with a laugh.

"Unfortunately my teammates have to ride the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. So I think I should drink with the team management."

Oomen announced that he would participate in at least one beer.

"I haven't seen Wout drink very often, so I want to experience that. And I believe there will also be fries."