This Sunday the 254.1km Amstel Gold race takes the classics riders to Limburg in the Netherlands, which marks the start of the more hilly classics. Starting in Maastricht, the riders will climb over 3,460 vertical meters before finishing in Valkenburg. Last year’s edition saw team leader Matej Mohorič finish in the top ten.
The course features an array of punchy climbs that will be featured more than once as riders loop back across the parcour. The Geulhemmerberg and Cauberg climbs are where the selection of favourites will be made. Finally the riders will take on the final climb up the Bemelerberg, where they will have just over 7km to the finish, with a likely reduced bunch sprint for victory.
Sports Director Gorazd Štangelj:
“We have a big team at the race with really strong guys. During the race, we will need to decide how to play our cards with the guys. What we’ve seen in the pass is that the selection is coming earlier in the race and we think it will be an aggressive race, so we will want to be aggressive too.
We’ve got four guys capable of making it on the podium, so expectations are to be there and fight to win the race. We’ve also got to make sure we are not chasing the race and responding at the race.”
— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com