Italian rider Davide Rebellin won the Amstel Gold Race in Holland on Sunday.
Rebellin beat fellow escapee Michael Boogerd on the final climb
Rebellin sped away from fellow escapee Dutchman Michael Boogerd on the final climb to the finish to secure victory in the fourth leg of the World Cup.
Italian Paolo Bettini was third ahead of compatriot Danilo Di Luca, Belgium's Peter Van Petegem and Matthias Kessler of Germany.
"Boogerd was strong but so was I," said Rebellin. "The race was hard because of the wind and I was very nervous."
The 32-year-old Rebellin, who rides for Gerolsteiner, became the third Italian to win the Classic after Stefano Zanini (1996) and Michele Bartoli (2002).
Rebellin and Boogerd, who has finished in the podium places five
times and was second last year, made their break 20km from the
finish of the 251km race on the tough climb of Keutenberg.
The pair held on to a 30 second lead from a small chasing group at the foot of the final climb to the finish, and though Boogerd was the first to break, Rebellin powered past with the line in view.
The Amstel Gold is the Netherlands' only major cycling
race, the fourth of 10 World Cup events this year.
1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 6hr 23min 44sec
2 Michael Boogerd (Ned) at 01sec
3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) 18
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) same time
5 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) s.t.
6 Matthias Kessler (Ger) 26
7 Erik Dekker (Ned) 41
8 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) 52
9 Mirko Celestino (Ita) 53
10 Giampaolo Caruso
World Cup standings
1 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile 116 points
2 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 115
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 100
4 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio 100
5 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step 94
6 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 94