Unpredictable Amstel with a beer flavor. Kreuziger and Sagan will go

Just before noon Sunday, cyclists will leave the Maastricht town hall, a 260-kilometer lane of the Limburg province will be waiting for them, with 35 short but very steep climbs.

Among them are three well-known Cauberg .

The hill, which is similar to the Dutch for the Dutch as the French climb to the Alpe d’Huez.During the race, there are 100,000 fans scattered here at five levels, and there is a beer from a nearby factory.

It is not a matter of course for Cauberg to be a place that every cycling fan has to visit at least once during his lifetime. >

It has been a long way to Amstel to make a decisive climb of the day until everything has changed last year.

The race symbol has been moved to a metro 19 kilometers before the finish.

And there was another race from Amstel.

“It does not seem like this, but the race is changing a lot. It forces bikers to do something much more than before in the past.The toughest part of Amstel is some 45 kilometers ahead of the finish line, with four challenging climbs, and this is where a winning leak can be born here, “says Matt White, the sport director of the Mitchelton-Scott stables.

is true, since the decisive selection took place 40 kilometers before the Kruisberg target, which was something unprecedented at the introductory Ardennes classic.

It’s harder for the race to predict now.

“Especially for typical peaks, the race has become quite different.It’s more interesting and begins to race a little bit earlier, “says Roman Kreuziger, the only Czech participant in the introductory class of Ardennes.

I have not had such good feelings for a long time

Unlike previous years, Kreuziger has nothing to change.

He will again be the leader of his team in the upcoming Ardennes week. this year’s eighth at the Around Valencia race, fourteenth at Abu Dhabi, in Paris-Nice was one of the most active people in the bundle.

And after preparing for the Canary Islands he spent with his team coach, he looks great before Amstel.

“Amstel and Lieutenant are two of my favorite races. I was looking forward to them even in years when I was not in the top form. And I feel it this year.I have not had such good feelings for a long time, “says the Czech cyclist before the start.

This year he has a two-year contract with the Australian stables.”I’m so excited to sell it right now,” he says.

Along with him, Daryl Impey will also work with the team for a decent result. with Michael Albasini. “And after the race, it should be determined who is going to be,” explains Kreuziger.

Supporting the trio of leaders will be Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Chris Juul-Jensen and Carlos Veron. > “We have a team in the team who can try a great result,” says Matt White, Sport Director Matt White.

Like Kreuziger succeeded in 2013 when he triumphed after he attacked 19

Valverde, Gilbert and also Sagan

He has won the Walloon Arrival five times, four times Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and has dominated 50 percent of the Ardennes classics since 2014. But the Amstel Gold Race?Never again! Alejandro Valverde has twice gone, once again, but he is still waiting for the premiere triumph.Despite this, the phenomenal Spaniard is one of the two biggest favorites. Philippe Gilbert, the four-time race winner of course.

His Belgian Quick-Step arrives at the Ardennes classic with the same tactics he paid off during the cube, with more leaders.

The biggest one is, of course, Gilbert, who would call in the historic table of the five-time record player Jan Raas.

-Step to rely on Julian Alaphilippa. “He is the biggest favorite of the race with Valverde,” White is clear.

The third man in the party to which Quick-Step will look is the Flanders winner Niki Terspstra. > “We hope to play with more cards, we will be in every major leak and repeat last year when we won with Philippe Gilbert,” says sports director Wilfried Peeters.

Dangerous will also be Tim Wellens, the winner of the Wednesday Brabant Arrow, which is already a traditional clash between the Cubic Classics and the Ardennes.

Wellens is a great form this year, head, overall, also won the Spanish Ruta del Sol stage race.

He will be the black horse of the race.

Among favorites, Dan Martin, Michal Kwiatkowski, Romain Bardet, Greg van Avermaet, and Vincenzo Nibali will also be counted on Sunday. And of course, Peter Sagan, the fresh winner of Peklo North.

A man who has difficulty looking for limits on a bicycle and who, on a Sunday, can taste the beer of the race organizer at the highest level.

By winning Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix this year, he has met.On Sunday it will not be under pressure and can benefit from it.

“And thanks to it, the race gets a different dimension,” White thinks.

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