What is it about Amstel Gold Race? 12 months ago Tom Pidcock was left heartbroken by a photo finish decision, still contested by some, which saw Wout van Aert awarded the race. This year, Benoît Cosnefroy thought he won the race, celebrated wildly, only to be told Michał Kwiatkowski had actually beaten him in the sprint...
...wait for it 😱
It's 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤 for Benoit Cosnefroy - who was told he won Amstel Gold before the photo finish revealed Michal Kwiatkowski took the win by the narrowest of margins 🤯📸#AGR2022 | @INEOSGrenadiers pic.twitter.com/rqemvsmfou
— Eurosport (@eurosport) April 10, 2022
Messages of anguish, pity, sympathy and consolation for the AG2R Citroën puncheur filled social media after the heartbreaking moment of ecstacy into defeat was captured perfectly by the finish line cameras.
Cosnefroy celebrated jubilantly, punching the air, and was congratulated by teammates and soigneurs, only for the victory to be ripped from him as news came through of the photo finish, prompting a reverse reaction from race winner Kwiatkowski and Ineos Grenadiers teammates Tom Pidcock and Dylan van Baarle.
It’s all about believing! What a feeling 🤩 Great job Team 💪 Amazing ride @BenoitCosnefroy 👏
— Michał Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) April 10, 2022
Eurosport commentator Adam Blythe called the moment on the live broadcast, saying: "That's awful. No. Heartbreak within a minute." While co-commentator Carlton Kirby added: "Don't cut the cake".
Thomas De Gendt was another enthralled onlooker who took to Twitter with a little tip for future: "Suggestion. Wait to declare a winner after confirmation of the photofinish. Imagine what Cosnefroy is feeling now. From heaven to hell in one minute."
— Cycling out of context (@OutOfCycling) April 10, 2022
Cosnefroy took the decision magnanimously, even seeing the funny side, sharing a video of his half pint-downing race on the podium with the caption "And this one won?"
Kwiatkowski and Cosnefroy are good descenders pic.twitter.com/0t4WQAJ5BZ
— the Inner Ring (@inrng) April 10, 2022
It was one of those days over in the Netherlands. Marta Cavalli earned the biggest win of her career in the women's race.
In the absence of covid-positive team leader Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the Italian attacked in the final two kilometres to hold off the lead group, winning ahead of Demi Vollering and Liane Lippert.
Perhaps a sign of the surreal antics to come in the men's race was this race-invading spectator, possibly fuelled by some of race sponsor Amstel's finest, testing the limits of his lightweight machine...
— GCN Racing (@GcnRacing) April 10, 2022
Next stop... Paris-Roubaix.
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.