The Classics season says goodbye to the cobbles and moves to the Ardennes, kicking off with the Amstel Gold Race.
Held in the southern Netherlands, Amstel Gold is 251 kilometres long and packed with 34 climbs. Some of these climbs promise to be quite nasty, with the Keutenberg hitting a 20% gradient. The finish, held atop the Cauberg for the past 10 years, has been moved 1.8 kilometres past the summit of the Cauberg, mirroring the finish of last year’s UCI Road World Championships.
Having won this race twice and the UCI Road World Championship last year, Phillipe Gilbert looms as one of the main dangers, while Peter Sagan will be hoping to add another classic to his impressive resume after so many 2nd places this year.
Despite having a disappointing Classics season so far, Sky Procycling will be looking to set up their man Edvald Boasson Hagen for the win, while Australia’s Simon Gerrans will be well suited by this course.
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