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by Mark Zalewski
January 14, 2017
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For various reasons, many top Dutch pros will not be on the start line for this year’s Amstel Gold Race, arguably the most important one-day race in Holland, according to a report by Wieler Flits.
Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk and Bauke Mollema are all planning to race the Giro d’Italia, and Amstel Gold Race will conflict with planned altitude training.
The Giro requires optimum preparation,” Trek-Segafredo sport director Steven de Jongh said. “If you want to ride the Giro with the aim to win, the Walloon classics are not ideal preparation. ”
Robert Gesink said he will not be able to race as his team heads to the Tour of California.
“It’s unfortunate, but I have little impact on their programmes,” said race director Leo van Vliet. “I understand that if someone wants to race well at the Giro. Racing is not like before, when the riders raced in their own country, but the cycling world has changed. I realise that.”
Click through to read more at Wieler Flits.