Amstel Gold Race

Sanchez Sets Up Gilbert for BMC Racing Team Victory!

The Amstel Gold Race runs a total of 251 kilometers through the Netherlands and features 33 climbs as it twists and turns over narrow roads through small villages and massive crowds.

This year it was BMC Racing Team's, Philippe Gilbert, who launched a solo sprint to the finish line and claimed his 3rd Amstel Gold victory. Gilbert credited his team - especially teammate, Samuel Sanchez, for perfectly executing the set up for his win.

"They all did a very good job to place me in the best position," Gilbert said. "During the briefing, it was planned for Samuel to do an attack at the foot of the Cauberg. It was not a surprise for me, but I think it was one for my adversaries. I only had to wait for the best moment to attack. And I did that when it was most difficult and hurting for everyone."

The performance team at BMC Racing Team provided the SRM race file from Sanchez who races at 181cm/68kg.

Amstel Gold Race: Samuel Sanchez

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In the 49th edition of the Amstel Gold Race, Sanchez averaged 237 watts with a cadence average of 69rpm and 38kph average speed. After conquering 33 short, steep climbs and burning over 5,000 kilocalories, Samuel delivered a powerful attack at the foot of the Cauberg playing an integral part in Philippe's thrilling victory.

Sanchez sends the power soaring on his custom gold aluminum PowerControl7

Sanchez sends the power soaring on his custom gold aluminum PowerControl7

Classic Climbing in the Final 50km

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In the last 50 kilometers Samuel tackled 9 climbs during which he averaged between 278-418 watts with a maximum power out of over 1,000 watts in his final attack at the foot of the Cauberg. 

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager, Jim Ochowicz, said the performance re-confirms the importance of the hard work the team put in during its winter training. "This victory was a result of perfectly-executed strategy and 100 percent delivery by the team of that strategy, from start to finish," he said. "I give full compliments to everybody: the riders, managers, staff, all the way down the line."

The team's lead Sports Scientist, Daniel M. Healey, provided an in-depth look at BMC Racing Team's pre-season training earlier this year - click here

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