Updated: Sunday, 20 April 2014 23:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Belgian Gilbert lands Amstel Gold hat-trick

Belgium's Philippe Gilbert surged clear on the final Cauberg climb to win his third Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.

Belgian Gilbert lands Amstel Gold hat-trick

Swiss cyclist Michael Schaer leads the pack during the 49th edition of the Amstel Gold Race in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, on April 20, 2014 - by Bas Czerwinski

The 31-year-old -- winner in 2010 and 2011 -- made his move inside the final 4km following a dummy-attack by BMC team-mate Samuel Sanchez and by the top of the climb, 1.8km from the finish, he was well clear.

Belgian Jelle Vanendert escaped from a group of chasers to take second while Australia's Simon Gerrans out-sprinted Spain's Alejandro Valverde and Pole Michal Kwiatkowski for third. 

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