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by Mark Zalewski
March 3, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: What is the Hammer Series? Digging deeper into the races that could change cycling; Preview: Women’s WorldTour kicks off on the gravel roads of the Strade Bianche this weekend; Fourth stage of the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo cancelled; British Cycling to rethink relationship with Team Sky; Wiggins refuses to talk to media over UKAD investigation; Belgian race organisers focus on preventing sidewalk riding; Stybar ready for Strade Bianche; Woet Poels will not start Paris-Nice due to knee problem; Final teams announced for Amstel Gold Race; Sporza fails to secure rights for Italian races; Colorado Classic to add entertainment component for financial stability; Video: Final kilometres of Le Samyn; The Peak District Journey.
The final teams for the Amstel Gold Race were announced on Thursday, rounding out the field for the Dutch Classic with the 18 WorldTour squads.
Italy’s Bardiani-CSF, the Polish CCC Sprandi Polkowice and France’s Direct Energy received the final slots. They join the already announced wildcard teams Roompotstraat-Dutch Lottery, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.
The race takes place on Sunday, April 16, starting in Maastricht and finish in Vilt-Valkenburg, with a new finish that will not include the infamous Cauberg climb.
The year the riders will tackle 263 kilometres and 33 climbs on the program, totaling 4,000 metres.
Italian Enrico Gasparotto won last year’s edition, helping him step up to the WorldTour this year with Bahrain Merida.